5+ A Day is a Charitable Trust that encourages all Kiwis to eat five or more servings of colourful, fresh vegetables and two of fruit every day for health and vitality.

5+ A Day promotes healthy lifestyles. Just like a car needs the right fuel to run well, we need fresh fruit and vegetables to get the best out of our bodies for physical activity, learning, sport, and all our daily activities.

This is in line with our Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation’s recommendations.

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About the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust

The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust was formed in 2007 for the benefit of the general public and specifically the children of New Zealand. The Trust is committed to increasing the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables for better health in all New Zealanders.

5+ A Day focuses its work in the education setting. Resources linked to The New Zealand Curriculum are produced promoting awareness, understanding, and knowledge of the importance of eating 5+ A Day. These are distributed free to educators.

Our Vision

To have all New Zealanders understanding and enjoying the benefits of a daily diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables.

Why 5+ A Day?

For optimal health:

  • Adults should all eat at least five servings of fresh vegetables and two of fruit every day.
  • School children (aged 5-12 years) should eat at least three servings of vegetables and two of fruit every day.
  • Preschoolers (aged 2-5) should eat two servings of vegetables and two of fruit every day.

What is a serving size?

A serving is about a handful and we all use our own hands – therefore a child’s serving is smaller than an adult’s.