Chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are increasing in our country and state. These diseases, along with lung disease, cause over 50% of deaths in Vermont. These diseases can be reduced or prevented when people are able to eat healthy foods and be physically active
It is recommended that people of all ages eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, while also choosing healthy fats, and prioritizing foods that are low in added sugar and minimally processed. Vermonters can further reduce risk and improve health by enjoying at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity (such as brisk walking) for adults and 60 minutes for children and teens .
Vermonters who can access foods such as fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains, while being physically active where they live, work and play reduce their risk of chronic conditions. The Physical Activity and Nutrition program at the Vermont Department of Health works to make these healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity more accessible to all Vermonters.
To see how we're doing in Vermont: Physical Activity, Nutrition & Weight Performance Scorecard