Actions and interventions to increase fruit and vegetables consumption
2021, as the International Year of Fruit and Vegetables, represents explicit support of the highest level for the fruit and vegetable sector (F&V), and offers an unprecedented opportunity for entities around the world that work tirelessly to promote F&V consumption, improve food security and highlight the relevance of F&V in healthier and more sustainable
food systems. Actions and interventions to facilitate access to nutritious, safe and tasty F&V must be integrated into public health policies to create healthy food environments, where healthy food is available, accessible and affordable, for all, leaving no one behind depriving them of the opportunity to achieve the highest level of health possible. F&V are much more than the sum of their nutrients, as demonstrated by the work of Taylor C. Wallace, et al., who assesses the protective effects of daily F&V consumption on numerous health outcomes, hence supporting public health polices to promote F&V consumption. School setting offers an ideal framework to carry out this type of interventions. Holly R. Wethington et al.,
identify as effective those that are based on school meals or F&V served as snacks, reporting an increase of up to 20 %. On the other hand, the last review on the effectiveness of workplace health promotion interventions summarized by Jean-Michel Lecerf
and Suzanne Lanckriet, concluded that actions focused on physical activity and diet, where F&V are essentials, can have a positive impact on body weight related outcomes.
Happy International Year of Fruits and Vegetables!
Your dietary essentials.
Global Alliance for the Promotion of Fruit and Vegetable
Consumption “5 a day”, SPAIN
Manuel MoñinoAIAM5 Coordinator Global Alliance for the Promotion of Fruit and Vegetable Consumption "5 a day", SPAIN