Go Bananas – are you ‘peeling’ fit in advance of National Banana Day!?

by Rose Barrett
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Dublin fitness fans above Olivia Foley (Templeogue), Mark Rooney (Marino) and Ellie Doran (Rathfarnham), pictured enjoying Ireland’s National Fitness Games held at Dublin’s National Sports Campus recently.

Supported by Irish banana importer Fyffes, the weekend ‘festival of fitness’ is viewed as the ideal prelude to National Banana Day, which falls this week on Wednesday next, April 19.

Now in its seventh year, the initiative was devised to combat obesity by encouraging healthy eating and an active lifestyle, especially amongst young and growing children.

National Banana Day first appeared in Ireland in 2017. It is promoted by Fyffes, a company that imports fruit and fresh produce, and has been promoted by other fruit companies such as Dole Food Company and Chiquita Brands International acknowledged.

The first National Banana Day was celebrated in the United States in 2019, as a way to recognize the importance of bananas in our daily lives.

Since then, the day has celebrated globally as a way to promote awareness about the health benefits and versatility of the nutritious but noble banana!

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