Freshfel Europe’s and Aprifel’s EU-wide campaign ‘Follow me to be Healthy with Europe’ was present at the POLITICO EU Studies and Career Fair in Brussels, Belgium on 15 February 2020. European students and young professionals were introduced to the campaign and challenged to take part in the campaign’s #400gChallenge. Now in its second year, ‘Follow me to be Healthy with Europe’ aims to improve millennials’ eating habits by inspiring them to eat at least 400g of fruit and vegetables per day.
During the fair, over 300 students and young professionals visited the campaign stand to learn about the ‘Follow me to be Healthy with Europe’ campaign and how to improve their daily dietary habits with the campaign’s #400gChallenge. The campaign stand featured a popular smoothie bike where fair visitors were invited to cycle and blend their own smoothie with fresh fruit and vegetables. The aim of this activity was to demonstrate how fruit and vegetables easily fit into an active and healthy lifestyle of a young adult and that achieving the consumption of at least 400g of fruit and vegetables per day is simple and can be as uncomplicated as having a morning smoothie.
To facilitate their immediate participation in the #400gChallenge after their visit to the stand, visitors were also encouraged to take a piece of fruit as a nutritious and tasty snack to consume later in the day during their visit to the fair. Visitors to the stand additionally received carrot seeds to plant and grow at home so that they could continue the #400gChallenge into the coming months.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2030 more than 50% of the European population will suffer from obesity. To combat this WHO recommend individuals consume a minimum of 400g of fruit and vegetables per day. Currently EU citizens are falling well below this consumption rate with only 14% meeting the daily recommendation. The #400gChallenge headed up by Freshfel Europe and Aprifel as part of the ‘Follow me to be Healthy with Europe’ campaign is a proactive response to the growing challenge of the general health of Europeans today and in the future.
Launched in July 2019 and running until the end of 2021, the part EU-funded digital campaign ‘Follow me to be Healthy with Europe’ aims to increase overall awareness of the role that a healthy diet can play towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle to ultimately improve millennials’ dietary habits. The campaign is widely present on social media channels (YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) and has been supported by a wide range of European lifestyle influencers who are taking on the #400gChallenge.
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Background on the ‘Follow me to be Healthy with Europe information campaign’: Did you know that 18-30-year-old Europeans do not eat enough fruit and vegetables? ‘Follow me to be Healthy with Europe’ is a digital-first joint EU-funded campaign that over the course of the next three years aims to increase consumption of fruit and vegetables to 400g minimum per day amongst this specific demographic. With this campaign, Freshfel Europe and Aprifel also wish to raise awareness of the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables and how they contribute to a healthy balanced lifestyle. To help young people achieve this objective, we’ll show them how easy it is to fit at least 400g of fruit and vegetables into their daily routine. Are you up to the #400gChallenge? More information about the ‘Follow me to be healthy with Europe’ campaign is available via the campaign website at https://400gchallenge.eu.