Healthy eat­ing pro­gram was a hit in lo­cal schools

Southern Riverina news - - NEWS -

Did you know that only five per cent of New South Wales chil­dren are eat­ing enough veg­eta­bles?

To im­prove this per­cent­age, schools across the dis­trict par­tic­i­pated in the ‘Big Vegie Crunch’ cam­paign at the end of term one.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in­cluded Tocumwal, Jer­ilderie and Blighty pub­lic schools, where ac­tiv­i­ties were de­signed to help chil­dren de­velop a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude to­wards veg­eta­bles.

The Big Vegie Crunch at­tempted to break the record for the high­est num­ber of chil­dren eat­ing veg­eta­bles si­mul­ta­ne­ously.

At Toc Pub­lic, 136 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated and came to school dressed in the colour of their favourite fruit or vegetable.

In the lead up to the event, from March 25 to 29, the stu­dents took part in a ‘Vegie Ad­ven­ture’.

Ev­ery day of that week, chil­dren were en­cour­aged to bring dif­fer­ent colours of fruit and veg­eta­bles to school to eat.

Prin­ci­pal Dar­ren White said he was ex­cited to see so many chil­dren par­tic­i­pate en­thu­si­as­ti­cally in both the Vegie Ad­ven­ture and the Big Vegie Crunch.

‘‘We hope the stu­dents will see veg­eta­bles, in par­tic­u­lar, as some­thing they choose to eat.

‘‘The SRC, un­der the guid­ance of Mrs Gille­spie, showed great lead­er­ship or­gan­is­ing all the ac­tiv­i­ties,’’ he said.

Cel­e­brat­ing the health ben­e­fits of green veg­eta­bles through their cloth­ing are Tocumwal Pub­lic School stu­dents (back, from left) Rory Shep­herd, Sam Bennett, Declan Palmer and Heath Mansell; (mid­dle) Archie Chellew, Tay­lah Dixon, Se­bas­tian Pate and Rayleisha Di­well; (front) Gabriella Bodey, Jay­den Huang and Brax­ton Brunskill.

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