19 Dec Five-a-day crisis for Britain’s elderly in the east of England
EIGHTY per cent of people aged over 60 in Britain – and 85% in the east of England – say they are not getting their recommended five portions of fruit and veg every day.
A quarter (25%) of people over 60 in the east of England said they did not eat as much fresh fruit and veg as they could because they lived alone and the produce went off before they could eat it, with another 27% not being confident enough in their cooking ability to use certain produce.
Over a quarter (27%) of people in the region said fresh fruit and veg was simply too expensive, with 26% admitting they eat frozen meals at least twice a week, according to a survey for the cooking enthusiast and home appliance manufacturer brand NEFF by Atomik Research.
To combat this, NEFF has launched two community kitchens in Britain, with the aim of bringing communities and ages together. The kitchens will see old and young take part in cookery courses to brush up on their skills and to ensure they are confident cooking a range of fresh produce and not be reliant on frozen meals.