Fruits and Veggies Get State Push in South Dakota



SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Federal officials say South Dakotans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, and state officials are trying to change that.
The state Health Department is spending $24,000 to air 30-second TV commercials aimed at cajoling state residents to eat better.
State Nutritionist Kristin Biskeborn tells the Argus Leader newspaper ( ) that data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that South Dakotans have the lowest vegetable intake in the nation. Health officials are at a loss to explain why. Mary Michaels with the American Heart Association says possibilities include poor access to fruits and veggies and a busy society that opts for convenience foods.
The commercial done by a Rapid City company uses a rap lyric to urge people to eat five fruits and vegetables a day.

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