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Schools pay homage to humble vegetables

On the stroke of 10am on Thursday 25 May, around 20 schools in the Southern NSW Local Health District will resonate with the sounds of healthy crunching, for a record-breaking attempt involving children in schools around NSW simultaneously eating vegetables.

The Big Vegie Crunch is part of the Healthy Kids Association Vegetable Week, supported by NSW Health, which runs for the whole school week starting 22 May. 

Telling children to eat more vegies simply because they’re ‘healthy’ doesn’t work. So the Healthy Kids Association is coordinating the Crunch, with the aim of encouraging children to increase their knowledge of vegetables through greater exposure to them. 

According to the recent National Nutrition Survey, while 68 per cent of children eat the recommended serves of fruit every day, only 5.4 per cent are eating enough vegetables. 

“It’s fun, interactive school-based campaigns like Vegetable Week and The Big Vegie Crunch that we hope will influence the variety and amount of vegetables children choose to eat,” Southern NSW Local Health District’s Health Promotion Coordinator, Emma Woolley, said. 

“Children might not have access to, or choose to, eat around five serves of vegetables every day, the recommended amount for those aged 4 – 12.  However, the school setting, combined with positive peer pressure, can get children to try different varieties. 

“This event may encourage our children to choose healthier food options in their day-to-day life.” 

For more information on Vegetable Week and The Big Vegie Crunch, go to:

http://healthy-kids.com.au/teachers/vegetable-week-the-big-vegie-crunch/

 

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Media Note:  For more information about the event in the Southern NSW Local Health District, or to arrange high-res images and/or a school visit, please contact Emma Woolley on 02 6124 9921 or emma.woolley@health.nsw.gov.au. 

About Vegetable Week and The Big Vegie Crunch

•    Vegetable Week and The Big Vegie Crunch, supported by NSW Health, is a free health promotion program for NSW primary schools.

•    Running from 22-26 May in 2017, Vegetable Week and The Big Vegie Crunch provides free resources to teachers in registered primary schools in NSW.

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