Americans are still falling short when it comes to achieving their nutritional goals. Researchers with the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) studied the responses of more than 8,000 Americans to a survey that collected data of what they ate in the course of a typical day. Overall, most Americans did not reach all of the nutrition recommendations set forth by the USDA, but some groups fared better than others. Children and elderly adults scored highest, indicating they more often ate a healthier diet than young and middle-aged adults. Hispanic Americans typically had better quality diets than either blacks or whites. The one tip that would help boost nutrition levels among all groups, says lead researcher Gary Bennett, is to eat more fruits and vegetables.