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Joining the dots: fruit, veg & your health

Eating ‘fast foods’ and other processed foods lead to weight gain. Most of us know this. But did you know it also leads you closer to 12 different types of cancer? Read on to find out more about the power of fruit and veg for good health!


We all know that we should be living a healthy and active lifestyle, but it’s easy to dismiss the idea by thinking we are just too busy. But good health doesn’t have to be time consuming and in fact, practising good health habits may actually give you more time!


Healthy habits such as including more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet lead to increased energy levels, AND if you have more energy, you have more time.

Think of your body as a machine. If you fuel your body with the good stuff then you are giving your body the opportunity to create MORE energy, and therefore more time to do the things that matter most to you.


Little wins can lead to BIG REWARDS: simple choices can lead to big risk reductions.


When it comes to what you eat, increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables by just 50g (e.g. half a piece of fruit, or 2/3 cup of veggies) a day is associated with a 20% reduction in cancer risk. Could you add this amount of fruit and vegetable to your daily food intake?


Need some ideas for incorporating more fruit and veg into your daily meals?

  • Add fruit to your breakfast cereal or toast, or add a side of avocado or tomato

  • Swap cheese/dip and crackers for dip and vegetable sticks (eg. carrot, capsicum, celery)

  • Add a side of salad to your lunch and dinner

  • Have a piece of fruit for a snack instead of something processed (eg. chocolate, potato chips)

  • Meal plan for the week ahead and do a food shop accordingly so you have everything you need for the meals

  • Keep chopped vegetables in the fridge so they are ready to be added to meals

  • Add grated carrot or zucchini to sauces (eg. spaghetti bolognaise or lasagne sauce)

While you can't force your employees to change what they eat, you can still educate them around making healthier food choices. We take the hard work out of this task! Contact us today and we can work together to make a difference in the lives of your staff.


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