Bermuda Is Love launches #5ADay challenge for April
A community outreach organisation has launched a project to inspire people to improve their health by eating more fruits and vegetables.
Bermuda Is Love’s #5ADay campaign challenges participants to eat five servings of fruits or vegetables every day for the month of April.
The campaign will also have several events and panel discussions that will touch on topics such as nutrition and food security.
Aaron Crichlow, of Bermuda Is Love, said: “I think that most Bermudians know that we’re not the healthiest, so we want to show that there is a better way to live.
“We want to make sure people know that food is affected by economic, financial and social factors and how to get over that.”
Mr Crichlow said that the campaign lived up to one of his group’s goals of advocating for access to health and proper food.
He said that Bermuda suffered from food insecurity — or improper access to sustainable food sources — despite its health and arable land.
He added that a worrying number of Bermudians suffered from health problems such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
Mr Crichlow said that a balanced diet, along with daily exercise, was the best way to offset this problem in the long run.
He said: “Fruits and veggies are a great source of vitamins and minerals, and provide a great source of fibre and prevent heart disease and other health problems.”
Bermuda Is Love’s first panel discussion will take place tonight at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute and examine the importance of nutrition and a healthy diet.
The next discussion, on April 12, will talk about food security on the island and ways to ensure that, such as through community gardens.
The third discussion, on April 19, will see a discussion around microplastics and the prevalence and dangers of them in our food.
All discussions will take place at BUEI.
Each weekend will offer several events as well, with a crash course in working in a community garden being offered at the TN Tatem community garden in Warwick on April 19.
The following Saturday will see a trash clean-up throughout the Collectors Hill area of Smith’s, while the final weekend will see a free health screening by Oceanrock Wellness at its clinic in Paget.
A yoga class, hosted by Veryrare Yoga, will also be offered on April 26 at Scaur Hill Fort Park in Somerset.
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