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What’s a portion?

Fruit and vegetables are part of a balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. That’s why it’s so important that we get enough of them.

Five reasons to eat five portions of fruit and veg

  1. Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium.
  2. They’re an excellent source of dietary fibre, which helps maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
  3. They can help reduce the risk of heart diseasestroke and some cancers.
  4. Fruit and vegetables contribute to a healthy and balanced diet.
  5. Fruit and vegetables taste delicious and there’s so much variety to choose from.

Fruit and vegetables are also usually low in fat and calories (provided you don’t fry them or roast them in lots of oil). That’s why eating them can help you maintain a healthy weight and keep your heart healthy.

To get the most benefit out of your 5 A DAY, your five portions should include a variety of fruit and vegetables. This is because different fruits and vegetables contain different combinations of fibre, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Almost all fruit and vegetables count towards your 5 A DAY. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or pure juices.

Visit  http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Why5ADAY.aspx  for some tips and hints.

Dowload a 5-a-day wallchart.

What’s a portion? – Fruit

portion fruit

What’s a portion? – Vegetables

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Five ways to wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions which promote people’s wellbeing. They are:

  • Connect,
  • Be Active,
  • Take Notice,
  • Keep Learning
  • Give.

These activities are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing were developed by nef from evidence gathered in the UK government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing. The Project, published in 2008, drew on state-of-the-art research about mental capital and mental wellbeing through life. It asked nef to develop the Five Ways to Wellbeing to communicate its key findings.

The Five Ways have been used by health organisations, schools and community projects across the UK and around the world to help people take action to improve their wellbeing. They’ve been used in lots of different ways, for example to get people to start thinking about wellbeing, to develop organisational strategy, to measure impact, to assess need, for staff development, and to help people to incorporate more wellbeing-promoting activities into their lives.

(source: http://www.neweconomics.org/projects/entry/five-ways-to-well-being)

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