Health Behavior in Washington County
Fruit and Vegetable Consumption
Eating a diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables can provide protection against chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. However, many adults do not meet the daily recommendation of five to nine servings. In Oregon, only 20% of adults meet the daily fruit and vegetable intake recommendation. Communities can help increase these numbers by ensuring fruits and vegetables are convenient and affordable to access.
Physical activity can reduce the risk factors for many chronic health conditions. For adults the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on five or more days per week, or vigorous activity for at least 20 minutes on four or more days per week. Communities that have affordable, safe and easily accessible opportunities for physical activity and outdoor recreation help people achieve these recommendations.