We all know we’re supposed to, and on our best weeks we might just manage it, but getting our five fruit and vegetables a day is often a struggle.
Doctors recommend five a day as a minimum as part of a healthy diet, but the long-running public health campaign has some way to go until we’re all doing it, according to new analysis by NationalWorld’s Aimee Stanton.
By analysing survey data from Public Health England and the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish governments, Stanton has been able to find where in the UK people are most averse to their greens.
The figures show Scotland had the worst record for fruit and veg consumption, with just 22% of the population saying they ate at least five portions the day before they were interviewed.
That compared to 25% in Wales, 44% in Northern Ireland, and 55% in England.
Survey methods between the four nations varied. People in Scotland were asked detailed questions on the quantities of salad, pulses, fruits and vegetables consumed – for instance, how many tablespoons of vegetables they ate.
In England, people were simply asked how many portions of fruit and vegetables they ate, with guidance on what did and did not count.
To find out more, including how your area compares, you can read the full piece here.
Watch Love Island? Get Sunburnt
It’s back! Love Island has returned with a new season and for those of you who can’t get enough, NationalWorld’s resident Islanders Iain Leggat and Chelsea Rocks have got you covered.
Sunburnt is a hot new video series which will be bringing you all the weekly goss on villa-life, looking beyond the tan lines and texts and into the format of the show.
Following the deaths of three people related to the show, including former host Caroline Flack, a decline in viewing figures so far in the latest season, and a thirst for change for representation on TV, are we starting to see the end of the BAFTA award winning reality show?
Delving into topics such as diversity, mental health and sexual taboos, Sunburnt will be looking at whether Love Island is still relevant and popular in a post-pandemic world - and if season seven has what it takes to win us over again.
The first episode looks at what it took for Love Island to become the national TV sensation that we’ve seen it be in recent years.
Chelsea and Iain ask what is that magic formula for success behind a hit series, and whether season seven is checking any of those boxes.
Warning to dog owners over potentially deadly parasite
The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Joe Cooper has a report for NationalWorld about a veterinary practice that is warning dog owners about a potentially fatal parasite on the rise across the UK.
White Cross Vets, which has practices in Leeds, has already seen numerous cases of lungworm across its 21 UK practices this year.
Officially known as Angiostrongylus vasorum, it lives among slugs and snails and can be extremely dangerous if left untreated.
Despite its name, the parasite actually travels around the whole body, generally living in the heart or major blood vessels and can cause breathing problems, seizures, heart failure, weight loss and nose bleeds.
But it is easily preventable with a monthly tablet or spot on, prescribed by a vet, that will also protect the dog against other common parasites.