Number of the day: 26.3%

NJ Spotlight News | July 1, 2010

Lots of New Jerseyans are healthy eaters, according to a report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behaviorial Risk Factor Surveillance System. According to the 2009 study, 26.3 percent of New Jerseyans consume fruits and vegetables more than five times per day. That compares favorably with the national median of 23.3 percent and ranks up there with Vermont (29.3 percent), Connecticut (28.3 percent), Maine (27.9 percent), California (27.7 percent), Maryland (27.6 percent), and New York (26.7 percent). The laggards in the produce-eating department: Oklahoma (14.5 percent), South Dakota (15.7 percent), West Virginia (16.1 percent), Louisiana (16.9 percent) and even the farm state of Iowa (18.4 percent).