Gone are the days of tarpaulins flapping around in the wind as the UHW fruit and vegetable stall has reopened in its new, permanent location.
The new stall is located near the site of the old stall, straight ahead of you as you exit the main hospital’s concourse and will be open Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm come rain or shine.
Annette, one of the stall’s vendors, is thrilled with the new premises: “it’s fantastic. The wind used to howl through the old one and sometimes we couldn’t even open at all. It’s much warmer in here and the added space means we can offer a bigger range of products like more vegetables and locally-sourced honey.”
Fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. It’s important that we eat enough of them.
They are a good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium.
They’re also an excellent source of dietary fibre, which can help to maintain a healthy gut and prevent constipation and other digestion problems. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
Evidence shows there are significant health benefits to getting at least five 80g portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. That’s five portions of fruit and veg in total, not five portions of each.
The 5 A Day campaign is based on advice from the World Health Organization, 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.
Dr Sharon Hopkins, the Director of Public Health, is delighted that the stall is now a permanent feature of the hospital site:
“It’s great that we’ve been able to give patients, visitors, and staff the opportunity to make healthier choices at the University Hospital of Wales.
“By sourcing high quality fruit and vegetables and selling them for a reasonable price in a convenient and accessible location, we hope that more people make the decision to have them as a delicious, healthy alternative to processed foods with high sugar or fat contents.”