This year's National Smoothie Week is going global.

The week, which runs from 19 June to 25 June, will this year be called International Smoothie Week, just four years after its inception.

The promotional push, created by Josephine Carter, the managing director of smoothie company The Big J, will be backed by a website - www.internationalsmoothieweek.com - which includes facts, links and a competition to win a holiday for two in Dubai.

Each day will reveal a new smoothie recipe for readers to blend at home, highlighting the health benefits of consuming more fruit, and links to '5-a-day' websites.

The 'Bananaman Chase' 10K race, organised by the Leukaemia Research Fund, is taking place on the last day of smoothie week, in Victoria Park, London. The website allows readers to pledge a donation direct to the charity.