STROKE patients in Huddersfield are being urged to boost their intake of fruit and vegetables as part of a national campaign.
The Stroke Association nationally is encouraging everyone to Eat A Rainbow during Stroke Awareness Week from Monday, September 29, to Sunday, October 5.
The Department of Health recommends that adults and children eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
And the campaign highlights that by eating a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetables it is possible to reduce the risk of stroke.
Pauline Wilson, ward clerk for the Stroke Unit at St Luke's Hospital, Crosland Moor, said dietary advice formed part of patients' treatment and they were actively encouraged to increase the number of portions of fruit and vegetables they ate daily.
The canteen also aimed to serve a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Leaflets and booklets giving information and advice were also handed out to patients.
Olympic swimmer and world record holder Mark Foster is supporting Stroke Awareness Week.
He said: "By following the Stroke Association's advice of eating a rainbow of different coloured fruit and vegetables, I not only brighten up my meals but am also reducing my risk of a stroke."
The Stroke Association is organising free blood pressure checks and stroke information stands throughout the country.
Free information packs are available by telephoning 01604 623 933 or 01604 623 938.