BIG Vegie Crunch coming to the Clarence
NORTHERN NSW Local Health District is about to launch the BIG Vegie Crunch in schools across the Clarence region as part of Fruit and Veg Month, a promotion aimed at tackling childhood obesity while setting a new world record for the most vegetables eaten.
The NNSW LHD is hoping BIG Vegie Crunch will set a new record for the most people eating a vegetable simultaneously in a specified region.
NNSW LHD Health Promotion Manager Jillian Adams said while similar records had been set in America and New Zealand regarding fruit consumption, no record exists in relation to vegetables.
"Only 6% of Australians eat the recommended five serves of vegetables per day, while only 52% eat enough fruit," Ms Adams said.
The NNSW LHD Health Promotion team will hold their world record attempt to coincide with the start of Fruit and Veg month in schools across the region. More than 10,000 students from 61 schools in the area have already signed on to crunch on vegetables at 11am on August 27, 2015 to raise awareness of the important role of vegetables in a healthy diet.
Ms Adams said the BIG Vegie Crunch provided schools with a great platform to encourage children to consume more vegetables in a fun and engaging manner.
"Vegetables make a cheap, simple, and tasty addition to every lunchbox," Ms Adams said.
"Unlike fruit, most vegetables pack well and will still be fresh and crunchy at lunch time."
While this event is targeted at schools, we encourage anyone to 'crunch' along at 11am on August 27."
Ms Adams encouraged anyone participating to share a picture onto social media using hashtag #bigvegiecrunch.