Central Coast families urged to make vegetables funky

KIDsize Living Central Coast

September is Fruit & Veg Month.

Cancer Council NSW’s flagship nutrition program Eat It To Beat It is getting behind the Healthy Kids Association initiative, encouraging Central Coast parents of primary school aged children to take the lessons being taught in the classroom and act on them at home. 

Fruit & Veg Month 2016, with its theme vegetables are funky”, works through classrooms to put a positive focus on fruit and vegetables.

The initiative aims to remind kids why fruit and veg are so good for their health, increase the amount and variety of fruit and veg that students eat and encourage kids to try new fruit and vegetables.

Eat It To Beat It Hunter Central Coast Nutrition Project Officer Clare Murphy said parents could take the lesson home too.

“Add fruit and veg to the lunch box and in meals and snacks at home and you’ll be well on your way to helping your kids set up healthy habits for life,” she said.

Getting kids involved in everything from shopping, to menu planning and growing vegetables at home was another great way to get the family behind healthy eating.

“Spring is a great time to plant a vegie patch, or sample some new season fruit and veg,” Miss Murphy said.

 “Getting kids involved is also a great way to entice fussy eaters.”

Eat It To Beat It offers free workshops on the Central Coast to parents of primary school aged children showing them how easy it can be to pack a healthy lunch box and incorporate more fruit and vegetables in family meals.

Schools can book a Healthy Lunch Box session for parents as part of upcoming kindergarten orientations. Parents can also get involved in Healthy Lunch Box sessions and Fruit & Veg Sense workshops throughout the year. Contact Clare Murphy on (02) 4923 0718 or clare.murphy@nswcc.org.au or go to eatittobeatit.com.au or go to eatittobeatit.com.au.


For Fruit and Veg Month news: fruitandvegmonth.com.au.