Stu­dents get loud with veg­eta­bles

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

STU­DENTS at two Cock­burn pri­mary schools were on a mis­sion to eat as nois­ily as pos­si­ble last week.

Spear­wood Pri­mary School and Yange­bup Pri­mary School en­cour­aged their stu­dents to loudly eat a stack of fresh veg­eta­bles as part of Can­cer Coun­cil WA’s Great Vegie Crunch.

They were among more than 26,000 WA chil­dren aim­ing to send a crunch-ome­ter off the scale with their noisy munch­ing.

Can­cer Coun­cil WA Schools Nu­tri­tion co-or­di­na­tor Shannon Wright said the event was part of the Crunch&Sip pro­gram, which helped make healthy eat­ing fun for chil­dren.

“Over the years we’ve done a great job of en­cour­ag­ing kids to eat fruit but the mes­sage hasn’t sunk in as well for veg. Only one in six WA kids are eat­ing enough ve­g­ies, mean­ing the vast ma­jor­ity are miss­ing out on the nu­tri­ents they need for sus­tained health,” she said.

“We need to find more ef­fec­tive ways to en­gage kids in the food and nu­tri­tion process and treat this ed­u­ca­tion with the same level of fo­cus we pro­vide for sub­jects like English and maths.

“Kids who have op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore, taste, cook and grow fruit and veg­eta­bles are more likely to have good long-term at­ti­tudes towards these foods and de­velop healthy food habits.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis

d486370 Spear­wood Pri­mary School stu­dents take the shape of a cap­sicum for the Great Vegie Crunch.

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