Survey says 6-in-10 adults don’t eat enough fruits and veggies
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Is this the nutritional Twilight Zone?
Despite the common perception that kids are always reluctant to eat their greens, a new survey by Midwest retailer Meijer found that almost 6-in-10 adults don’t think they’re eating enough fruits and vegetables, while kids seem to be eating enough.
The mass-merchandise chain surveyed about 1,300 Midwesterners, finding that 58% of adults didn’t think they ate enough produce, with 39% citing cost and 20% citing difficulties with preparation, though a mere 5% blamed taste. It wasn’t out of ignorance of daily nutritional needs; 64% and 70% correctly identified the Department of Agriculture’s recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, respectively.
At the same time, 48% of respondents with children said their kids ate more fruit than other children, while 35% said their kids ate the same amount as their peers, and 13% said their kids ate less fruit than others. Thirty-six percent said their kids ate more vegetables than other children, while 4-in-10 said they ate the same amount as their peers, and 20% said their kids didn’t eat as many vegetables as other kids.
“Most people know they should be eating more fruits and vegetables, but they perceive them as expensive to purchase and difficult to prepare,” Meijer registered dietitian and healthy living manager Shari Steinbach said. “Fruits and vegetables are top disease-fighting foods, and consuming at least 5 cups a day can significantly reduce your risk of getting sick. Everyone should try to include at least one serving of a fruit or vegetable at every meal and for snacks.”
FDA grants orphan drug designation to 4SC cancer treatment
PLANEGG-MARTINSRIED, Germany — The Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug designation to a cancer treatment in mid-stage development made by German drug maker 4SC, the company said Tuesday.
4SC announced that it received the designation for resminostat, currently in phase-2 clinical trials as a treatment for hepatocellular cancer, or HCC. The FDA grants orphan drug designation to drugs for diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people in the United States.
HCC is a liver cancer resulting from hepatitis infection and liver cirrhosis due to alcoholism. Despite its relative rarity in North America and Europe, it is the world’s sixth most common cancer and the third-leading cause of cancer-related death, with a particularly high prevalence in Southeast Asia due to high rates of hepatitis B infections in the region.
New service helps retailers find ways to donate overstocked merchandise
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Retail Orphan Initiative on Tuesday announced the launch of an online charity locator to match up retailers looking to donate overstocked merchandise with local charities.
The charity locator features an interactive map of nearby charities from a RetailROI-developed database of 501c3 organizations across the country that focus on at-risk children, women in distress or families in need. The charity locator includes the top 125 cities and top 300 largest malls in the United States, with information on the types of items accepted by each charity, including clothing, food, furniture, building materials and educational materials.
Of an estimated $65 billion in overstocks, the vast majority is housed in small lots at local stores, which makes it costly to consolidate the merchandise, RetailROI stated.
“Retailers’ overstocks can make a huge difference,” stated Greg Buzek, president of IHL Group and donor trustee for the Retail Orphan Initiative. “By cleaning their stores of the items that aren’t selling and getting their employees focused on the items that are, they help women and children in need — providing a lifeline that brings long-term dividends to the community. ”
RetailROI’s charity locator is available online at RetailROI.org/charity-locator.