Posted: Monday, May 3, 2021. 11:04 am CST.
By Zoila Palma: Today, the Ministry of Health and Wellness joins Central American countries and the Dominican Republic in celebrating regional fruit Day.
Regional fruit day is focused on creating awareness on the importance of having fruits in the diet, which in turn reduces the risk of developing certain non-communicable diseases.
The Ministry says that the Nutrition Unit within the hospitals will be conducting education sessions and fruits giveaways.
In addition, outreach sessions will be done in Belize City at Golden Haven Resting Home, Sister Cecelia Home for the Elderly, and Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center.
Observing this day also gives the opportunity to boost local fruit markets and improve the livelihoods of farmers along the value chain.
The greatest variety of fruits lies within this region and this initiative further promotes consumption, production, and marketing of fruits within the region.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are beneficial for consumers because they are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain many nutrients needed to support healthy body systems.
It is recommended to have at least five servings each of fruits and/or vegetables per day. A serving constitutes one medium-sized fruit, ½ cup diced or dried fruits, or ¾ cup fresh unsweetened fruit juice.
“These celebrations are linked to provide greater visibility to farmers while raising awareness of food security and nutrition,” the ministry noted.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness encourages everyone to make fruits a part of their daily diet.
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