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A healthy diet and disease

Did you know that different countries have different daily requirements for vegetables?


–Β In 2005, the Australian government launched “Go for 2+5” (SEVEN), meaning TWO 150g portions of fruit and FIVE 75g portions of vegetables.

Adelaide Central Market

Photo credit: Brian Fisk

United States

The US abandoned the numbers in favour of a “fruit and veggies – more matters” campaign in 2007.

France and Germany

FIVE servings of vegetables a day are encouraged πŸ™‚


Photo credit: Shumpei Sano

Oyebode said she thought the Australian example was probably the one to follow.

“I think it makes a lot of sense,” she said. “It is aiming for more and the balance is two fruit and five veg.Β From our study it looks like vegetables are better than fruit.

But I don’t feel very strongly that the guidelines should be changed because the majority of people know they should eat five (vegetables) a day and only 25% manage that.

We are definitely in the 25% category but we went on a “real food challenge” in 2012 and wow, it opened our eyes and taste buds to a whole new world of FOOD!

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The Children’s Playground

If you live or visit China, you’ll see how much time they spend outdoors πŸ™‚

We used to live in an apartment building surrounded by 3 public parks and every morning, I’d wake up to the (sometimes, deafening!) sounds of dance music, tai chi or even Chinese opera.

If I’m lazy to take the kids out, I can take them to this indoor park, which is rather musty during rainy days and the colder months:

1.Wanna train to be Arthur Zanetti or Chen Yibing?

2. The “slide”

It’s is really fun for the kids to run up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down, up and down πŸ˜›

3. How about commando training?

4. Maybe you wanna do the Spidey crawl?

Spot my little hero down there? He’s probably on his third or fourth round around this place.

Ahh…we spent soooooo much time at the parks and playgrounds working up a good sweat.