You have been hired by the National Nutrition Council to study nutrition practices in the United States. In particular they want to know if their nutrition guidelines are being met by people in the United States. These guidelines indicate that per capita consumption of fruits and vegetables should be above 170 pounds per year, per capita consumption of snack foods should be less than 114 pounds, per capita consumption of soft drinks should be less than 65 gallons, and per capita consumption of meat should be more than 70 pounds. In this project you are to determine if the consumption of these food groups are greater in the metro compared to the non-metro counties. As part of your research you have developed the data file Food Nutrition Atlas-described in the Chapter 9 appendix- which contains a number of nutrition and population variables collected by county over all states. It is true that some counties do not report all of the variables.
Perform an analysis using the available data and prepare a short report indicating how well the nutrition guidelines are being met. Your conclusions should be supported by rigorous statistical analysis.