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The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust Celebrates 10 Years Of Helping Kiwis Eat More Fruit & Vegetables

Posted On October 03, 2017

A decade has passed since the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust was launched to help encourage us all to eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.

The message is simple – eat at least five servings each day to help maintain good health – but one which requires ongoing promotion and education to ensure New Zealanders of all ages understand the importance of healthy eating.

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Science Backs Two Week Diet of More Fruit & Vege to Improve Well- being - September 2017

Posted On September 04, 2017

Our spirits often lift when spring arrives each year but eating more fruit and vegetables is another proven way to boost your psychological well-being.

5+ A Day General Manager Paula Dudley says it’s been shown that eating more fresh fruit and vegetables each day can lift people’s spirits within about a fortnight.

“They are much more beneficial for your overall well-being than many people realise, as well as providing nutritional advantages such as reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure and improving immunity,” she says.

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5+ A Day Concerned for Public Wellbeing After Confusing Media Reporting

Posted On August 31, 2017

Recent media reports suggesting consumers require less than five portions of fruit and vegetables each day are misleading, creating confusion with consumers and are not in the interest of public wellbeing says the organisation 5+ A Day.

General Manager of The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust Paula Dudley says some global and New Zealand media reporting on a study published in the Lancet* have misinterpreted the information, suggesting fewer servings are enough.

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New Research Proves Kiwis Amongst the Highest Consumers of Fruit and Vegetables Globally

Posted On August 15, 2017

Auckland, Monday 14th August – Research released today by the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust puts Kiwis on the global map when it comes to awareness of the health benefits and consumption of fruit and vegetables. 

Awareness of the 5+ A Day message, which encourages all Kiwis to eat five or more servings of colourful, fresh fruit and vegetables every day, remains high with cut through to 87 per cent of all New Zealanders - equating to more than 4 million people.

“Compared to global statistics on fruit and vegetable consumption we rate among the highest in the world,” says Paula Dudley, General Manager of 5+ A Day.

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Simple seasonal soups for winter

Posted On August 09, 2017

Nothing beats a bowl of warm homemade soup to bring comfort during the cooler weather.

Winter offers a great choice of vegetables that can be easily turned into nutritious, filling and flavour-packed soups. 

In New Zealand we are lucky to have access to a great selection of fresh, affordable vegetables. Ask family and friends to share their favourite winter soup recipes for you. Double the quantity when you’re making a soup and you can keep the extra portions in the fridge for later in the week. Or, even better, arrange to swap half the soup you make with a friend or family who is using a different recipe. It’s a great way of trying out different soups.

Here are five winter vegetables that can be turned into scrumptious soups.

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Seasonal fruit packed with natural goodness

Posted On August 17, 2017

Eating fresh fruit is a natural, easy way to boost wellness during winter, says 5+ A Day.

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help to ward off sniffles and sneezes during the coldest months.

Seasonal fruit, such as mandarins, oranges and lemons, taste great as well as being good sources of vitamins and minerals to help the immune system do its job well.

Here are some quick tips on how seasonal produce can aid in boosting immunity, while adding a burst of colour to winter meals.

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Autumn’s fruitful harvest

Posted On April 03, 2017

The seasonal shift to autumn brings with it a new crop of great tasting and delicious fruit to enjoy. Autumn is a feast of riches for fruit lovers. From crisp new-season apples and crunchy pears, to the delicate sweetness of persimmons and the tropical tang of passionfruit, autumn fruit is a healthy medley of textures and flavours. Pick a variety of bright, colourful fruit to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs to stay happy and healthy. Here are tips from 5+ A Day on how to enjoy seasonal fruit this autumn.

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Healthy lunch boosts productivity, research finds - February 2017

Posted On February 14, 2017

Warding off a mid-afternoon slump at work could be as easy as eating a healthy lunch, according to the results of a recent 5+ A Day survey. The survey on consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables in the workplace found 72 percent of workers felt more productive in the afternoon after eating a healthy lunch rather than something high in fat or sugar.Almost half (46 percent) of workers reported eating fruit at work at least once a day. And when it comes to taking homemade lunch to work, 85 percent of those surveyed include fruit and vegetables. It seems fruit has a feel-good factor for workers, with 69 percent of respondents reporting they would feel positively towards their employer if fresh fruit was available to them. Yet, the majority of those surveyed (65 percent) said their employers did not provide fruit or make it available to them at work. In addition, 64 percent of those surveyed said they would take part in a healthy eating challenge if it was organised by their employer.

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Five tips for a healthy school lunch box

Posted On June 09, 2017

Cooking up new ideas for school lunches can be a challenge, but seasonal produce provides lots of variety for a healthy lunch, says 5+ A Day. Nutrients are vital in helping children concentrate in class and getting them through the school day. Lunch time is when they refuel to boost energy levels, ready to take on the afternoon. Filling lunch boxes with pre-packaged food that is often high in saturated fat, salt and sugar, can be the easy option. But picking fresh seasonal produce over ready-made means lunch can provide up to one third of a child’s recommended daily intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. To help maintain kids’ energy levels during the day, lunch should consist of a variety of fruit and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, good fats and calcium-rich foods. Getting children involved by asking what they would like for lunch will help increase the likelihood of lunch boxes coming home empty.

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