5 a Day Healthy Eating Wellbeing Challenge

5 a Day Healthy Eating Wellbeing Challenge

The 5 a day healthy eating wellbeing challenge encourages participants to eat a healthy balanced diet every day.

Participants are asked to track the following five areas daily:

  • Portions of fruit
  • Portions of vegetables
  • Glasses of water
  • Two unhealthy indulgences – e.g  fizzy drinks, chocolate

Coaches provide tips and guidance throughout the challenge.

Benefits of 5 a day

  • Fruit and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium.
  • They’re an excellent source of dietary fibre, which can help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
  • They can help to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
  • Fruit and vegetables contribute to a healthy, balanced diet.
  • 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 out of your 5 A Day, your 5 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 juiced. Potatoes, yams and cassava don’t count because they mainly contribute starch to the diet.