Most are miss­ing the mark on ve­g­ies

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

QUEENS­LAND adults are fail­ing to fill their plates with enough ve­g­ies, with 93% not eat­ing the rec­om­mended five serv­ings a day, ac­cord­ing to Can­cer Coun­cil.

Re­search shows only 9% of adults liv­ing in the Wide Bay Bur­nett met the rec­om­mended daily in­take.

Can­cer Coun­cil Queens­land chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris McMil­lan said adults were putting their short- and long-term health at se­ri­ous risk by leav­ing veg­eta­bles off the menu.

“Th­ese eat­ing habits are of great con­cern,” Ms McMil­lan said.

“Adults should eat five serves of veg­eta­bles and two serves of fruit a day to en­sure over­all well-be­ing and re­duce the risk of chronic dis­eases, in­clud­ing some can­cers.

“While 57% of Queens­land adults eat the rec­om­mended two serves of fruit a day, it’s alarm­ing that a mea­gre 7% of adults eat enough veg­eta­bles.

“It’s vi­tal we’re in­creas­ing our vegetable in­take to im­prove our health.”

Ms McMil­lan said it was also im­por­tant to model healthy habits to the younger gen­er­a­tion.

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