Healthy Kids Association is encouraging NSW children to eat more vegetables as part of Vegetable Week & The Big Vegie Crunch.
Dr Nienke de Vlieger is the Healthy Kids Association Senior Project Manager and has a Phd in childhood nutrition. In her research she found that fun, interactive, school-based events – such as Vegetable Week & The Big Vegie Crunch – can help increase the variety and amount of vegetables kids eat.
“If children are shown at a young age to eat and love vegetables, it is very likely they will continue doing so as they grow up” says Dr de Vlieger. “Vegetable Week & The Big Vegie Crunch introduces children to vegetables in an interactive, educational and fun way. Kids will learn best through events like this; where positive role-modelling and peer influence is at the center of the education.”
Statistics show that only one in 20 primary school aged children are eating the recommended daily serves of vegetables. Vegetable Week, featuring the The Big Vegie Crunch, is a free, quick and easy school-based event for NSW primary schools. Making healthy eating fun can help children learn about vegetables and build positive eating habits for the whole family.
The Big Vegie Crunch 2023 is on track to exceed over 110,000 children from 500 primary schools across NSW taking part in the event, all eating vegetables at the same time and aiming to break the Crunch record.
Vegetable Week 2023 will run from Monday 27 March to Friday 31 March, with The Big Vegie Crunch to be held at 10am on Thursday 30 March.