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Fruity Friday 6 May 2004

Health Promotion, in partnership with the Health Visiting Team, Manx Cancer Help Association, and IOM Anti Cancer Association, will be at the Strand Shopping Centre on Friday 14 May 2004, between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm, to promote the World Cancer Research Fund’s first ever ‘Fruity Friday’.

Staff will be on hand to discuss the health benefits of eating more fruit, of which samples will be available for tasting, together with information, give-aways, and a competition with prizes.

Lesley Dorward, Director of Health Promotion, said:

“Increasing your consumption of fruit and vegetables can significantly reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. It has been estimated that eating at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day could reduce the risk of deaths from chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer by up to 20%.”

Fruity Facts:

  • We should all aim for at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Fruit contains a wide range of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibre and other bioactive compounds that help to keep the body healthy.
  • Fruit is typically low in fat, can be low in calories, and is a great source of natural energy.
  • Fruit and vegetables help to protect against cataracts, high blood pressure, and can even help to manage diabetes and control the symptoms of asthma.
  • Average daily consumption of fruit and vegetables is less than three portions, and only 13% of men and 15% of women regularly eat more than five portions per day (UK 2002).

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