Bermuda Is Love has launched the #5ADay Fruits & Vegetables Challenge to encourage the public to eat at least 5 servings of fruits or vegetables per day for the month of April 2023.
The purpose of the campaign is help make it easier for people to choose healthier foods by providing options and information as it relates to healthy eating and living and to help establish healthier habits and lifestyles, with healthy foods becoming the main choice of sustenance in the long term.
Healthy eating is one of the most vital components of a lifestyle that contributes to our quality of life and to the prevention of many chronic diseases and conditions. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has been associated with lower risks for many chronic diseases, including some cancers and cardiovascular disease.
However, there are many competing forces in our society that urge people to choose high-fat, high-calorie foods. Sales of fast foods and restaurant fare have increased in the last few decades, whereas consumption of fruits and vegetables in this country has remained unchanged.
Locally, a 2018 Ministry of Health survey found that 75% of the island’s adult residents are overweight and more than a third of adults are obese. The prevalence of obesity and diabetes in Bermuda is one of the highest amongst OECD countries.
Therefore, Bermuda Is Love has organized the #5ADay Challenge to encourage the public to commit to eating 5 fruits and vegetables per day for the month of April which will help to lower your risk of developing serious health problems including heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer; reduce your risk of obesity or of being overweight; and you will feel healthier doing so, while also increasing overall population health.
As part of the campaign, we have organised a variety of community events and panel discussions, and will be sharing weekly articles, infographics, videos, and interviews on our social media platforms regarding food nutrition, food security, plastics in food, and healthy lifestyles.
Check out our Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Tik Tok for further information about #5ADay and how you can get involved. We hope that you will participate in the #5ADay Challenge. Please join any of our events as we encourage eating healthy food and living healthy lifestyles during the month of April and beyond. All events are free to attend, and no is registration required.
Take the #5ADay pledge and challenge yourself to eating 5 fruits or vegetables per day for the month of April! You have what it takes!