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Victorians not eating enough fruit and veg

30 January 2012 - 4:31pm

While Victorians are continuing to cut back on their smoking habit and increase their level of physical exercise, residents are still failing to eat enough fruits and vegetables.

The latest Victorian Population Health Survey results indicate that more than 80 per cent of adults reporting their health as excellent, very good or good.

According to state health minister David Davis, the annual survey showed that there was room for improvement.

"Just 52 per cent of the people surveyed for the current report met the recommended minimum daily intake of three or more serves of fruit," Mr Davis said yesterday (January 29).

"And less than one in ten met the target of five or more serves of vegetables each day," he added.

While two-thirds of adults reported sufficient levels of physical activity, those looking for assistance in maintaining a healthy lifestyle may benefit from having a private health insurance policy, as these may offer access to weight loss and management services as part of their cover.

Mr Davis also noted that the prevalence of obesity has increased between 2003 and 2009, despite the proportion of men and women who were overweight remaining constant.

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