Olympian, World Champion and Halberg Sportswoman of the Decade, Dame Lisa Carrington, is using her star power to encourage Kiwi families to make healthy choices by partnering with the 5+ A Day Charitable Trust.
Carrington will be sharing her passion for healthy eating with whānau across Aotearoa throughout the year with some of her favorite recipes and tips for making the most of seasonal fruits and vegetables.
The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust’s project manager, Carmel Ireland, is really excited about the partnership.
“Dame Lisa is an ideal ambassador for healthy lifestyle choices – she is not only an incredible athletic superstar, but is also a great role model for tamariki and their families. Her true love of supporting health and well-being of whānau shines through.
Partnering with 5+ A Day is a natural fit for Carrington’s healthy lifestyle philosophy.
“I’m so excited to team up with 5+ A Day because I love fruits and vegetables! There’s so much amazing stuff to share – from my journey of mastering recipes with high nutritional benefits, to understanding what’s season and how to get the most out of the produce. I look forward to learning more and sharing my passion for eating well with others,” says Carrington.
Carrington’s background as a professional athlete on the world stage means that nutrition has played a vital role in his daily routine.
“Fruits and vegetables are so important – they help fuel my days from start to finish. I’ve always grown up making sure my plate is colorful. The more colorful my plate, the more I have the feel like I’m getting the nutrients I need from my meals,” she says.
Ireland says it’s even more important to include at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day this year as we face the ongoing challenge of the pandemic.
“Good nutrition plays a vital role in our overall health and well-being, even more so in these uncertain times. Maintaining a diet rich in fresh, natural, immunity-boosting produce is one of the best things you can do to your whānau.
“Eating locally grown and seasonal produce is not only better for your health, but also more affordable,” says Ireland.
“We can’t wait to see some of Dame Lisa’s recipes, especially those that use her favorite fruits: plums, nectarines and berries; and his favorite vegetables: kūmara, broccoli and corn.
“Dame Lisa will be sharing her top tips and favorite fruits and vegetables on her own social media as well as ours @5adaynz. You will also find lots of tasty recipes and nutritional information on our website, www.5aday.co.nz,” says Ireland.