The Southern Health and Social Care Trust is offering free fruit and vegetables every Monday during September to encourage people to get their ‘5 a day.’
Staff, visitors and members of the public can avail of a piece of free fruit with every hot beverage sold at Ground Floor Coffee Bars and one portion of free vegetables with every hot meal served in the Dining Rooms.
‘5 a day’ is based on advice from the World Health Organisation, which recommends eating a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables a day to lower the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
Kate Corley, Head of Catering for the Southern Trust said: “We strongly believe that hospitals should be promoting good health and encouraging people to adopt healthy lifestyles choices.
“Fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. Therefore, we are delighted to be able to offer these free every Monday during the month of September.”
Anita Carroll, Acting Director of Acute Services for the Trust said: “September is a great month to get back into routine and we hope this initiative inspires people to eat healthier and helps everyone achieve their ‘5 a day’ target.”
Dining Room locations: Craigavon Area Hospital, Daisy Hill Hospital, South Tyrone Hospital, Lurgan Hospital and St Luke’s Hospital
Ground Floor Coffee Bar locations: Craigavon Area Hospital, Bluestone Unit, Daisy Hill
Hospital, Banbridge Health & Care Centre and Portadown Health & Care Centre