Fruits and Veggies More Matters Interview

Wayne Nishijima
Wayne Nishijima
Carissa Poon
Carissa Poon

ANGELA KEEN:   A national health initiative called "Fruits and Veggies More Matters" launches this week.  It's a great opportunity to support our local farmers and produce vendors.  Here to tell us more are Carissa Poon and Wayne Nishijima from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  And you are in the agricultural...

WAYNE NISHIJIMA:  Yes, the College and Tropical Agricultural and Human Resources.

ANGELA KEEN:   I always stumble over it, so I thought I have you say it instead.


ANGELA KEEN:   Now Carissa, this is sort of akin to the 5-A-Day that we saw for so many years but now it's changing.


ANGELA KEEN:   Why is that?

CARISSA POON:  It's changing to Fruits and Veggies More Matters because 5-A-Day actually brought awareness to Americans but now we're moving more towards change.

ANGELA KEEN:   And Wayne, this is supposed to not just help us be healthy but help local agricultural as well.

WAYNE NISHIJIMA:  Help local agricultural and also to help the environment.  Local foods tend to be more nutritious because they're picked fresher, they're picked at a right prestige and environmentally friendly because you don't have to incur the cost of shipping from thousands of miles away.

ANGELA KEEN:   Now we all know that we need 5 fruits and veggies a day but I think studies show that about 90% of the people don't do that.  They rather take a bite of it or just skip out and have a french fry instead, how important is 5 a day?

CARISSA POON:  It's actually 5 to 13 servings a day and really the bottom line with Fruits and Veggies More Matters is that we want to include it in all our eating locations so every meal we have, we incorporate fruits and vegetables.

ANGELA KEEN:   What's the range of fruits and vegetables they're talking about from... these are oranges right here, right?

CARISSA POON:  Yes, these are local oranges as well as tomatoes and we have fresh chop suey mix as well as lentil sprouts and Fruits and Veggies More Matters actually incorporates all forms which means frozen, cans, fresh as well as dried and 100% juice.

ANGELA KEEN:   And Wayne, anything else that you want to throw in there?

WAYNE NISHIJIMA:  Whenever you go shopping at your local market, look for the island fresh label.  Be sure to buy local because it's better for you and the environment.

ANGELA KEEN:   And better for your body, better for your skin, better for your energy and better health.

WAYNE NISHIJIMA:  Better for everything.