Healthy eating

The 5-a-day message from the NHS is based on WHO recommendations, using evidence that populations consuming at least 400g of fruit and vegetables per day can reduce the risk of death from chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers.

This is based on people eating at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day. In the Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG area, between 26% to 32% of people are estimated to eat the recommended number of portions.

Model based estimate for consumption of fruit and vegetables


The figure presents modelled estimates of fruit and vegetable consumption in the Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG area.

Source: Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) using data collected for the Health Survey for England (2006-2008)

Source: Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) using data collected for the Health Survey for England (2006-2008)


The table demonstrates that in local authorities in Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG, there is little difference in the modelled prevalence of fruit and vegetable consumption (compared to England).

Prevalence of Healthy Eating in Local Authorities in Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG (2006-08): proportion of adults estimated to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day

 % of adults eating 5 or more portions of fruit and veg/day95% lower confidence95% upper confidence
Horsham32.6%28.6%37.0%
Mid Sussex32.3%28.3%36.5%
West Sussex30.1%28.5%31.7%
South East29.2%27.7%30.8%
England28.7%28.0%29.3%
Source: APHO

Active People Survey


In addition to the modelled prevalence shown above, the Active People Survey (Sport England) asks respondents whether they had consumed the recommended 5 portions of fruit and vegetables in the previous day. This survey also records the average number of portions of fruit and vegetables that respondents reported consuming the previous day. In local authorities across Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG, Horsham and Mid Sussex have a higher proportion of respondents reporting that they had 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables the previous day than in England.

The proportion of the population meeting the recommended 5-a-day (aged 16+): 2015

% reporting eating the recommended 5-per-day (previous day)Average number of portions of fruit consumed (previous day)Average number of portions of vegetables consumed (previous day)
%95% LCI95% UCIMean95% LCI95% UCIMean95% LCI95% UCI
Horsham59.3%54.4%63.9%2.62.42.82.62.42.7
Mid Sussex59.9%55.2%64.4%2.62.42.72.52.42.7
West Sussex57.4%55.5%59.3%2.62.52.72.42.42.5
South East56.2%55.7%56.8%2.62.62.62.42.42.4
England52.3%52.1%52.5%2.52.52.52.32.32.3
Source: Active People Survey, Sport England (PHE Fingertips website); LCI lower confidence interval, UCI upper confidence interval