March it figures

Food Facts

Percent increase from 2008 to 2009 in the number of U.S. households growing their own produce: 19

Money for produce, per season, that a family can save from investing $70 in a home garden: $530

Times more likely preschoolers are to eat fresh produce if it’s home-grown and not store-bought: Two

Percent of 4th through 6th graders who enjoy working in the garden: 96

Percent who enjoy taste-testing fresh fruits and vegetables: 98

Percent of children who consider watermelon their favorite fruit: 60

Percent whose favorite is apples: 30

Percent of children’s daily intake of vegetables that comes from French fries: 25

Percent of their fruit intake that comes from juice: 40

Rating Rides

Percent of children whose favorite amusement park ride is the merry-go-round: Four

Percent whose favorite is the roller coaster: 55

Year the U.S.’s first roller coaster, the Switchback Railway, opened in Coney Island, Brooklyn: 1884

Year the world’s oldest continuously operating roller coaster opened, in Melbourne, Australia: 1912

Sources: Real Simple, Parenting, Journal of the American Dietetic Association,