CVAS kids munch for the BIG Vegie Crunch
CLARENCE Valley children have munched their way to better health and into the record books with the BIG Vegie Crunch.
More than 1000 students across Northern NSW sunk their teeth into their chosen vegetables at 11am on Thursday, setting a new record for the most people eating a vegetable simultaneously in a specified region.
Northern NSW Local Health District Health promotion manager Jillian Adams said while similar records had been set in America and New Zealand for eating fruit, no record exists in relation to vegetables. The BIG Vegie Crunch marked the start of Fruit and Veg Month, which is aimed at tackling childhood obesity.
Clarence Valley Anglican School and Palmers Island Public School were among the schools that participated in the initiative.
CVAS student Luke Leven, 9, and his friends were keen to let The Daily Examiner know that vegetables were cool.
“It was awesome to see all the different varieties of vegetables,” he said.
Popular lunchbox items included cherry tomatoes, corn, carrot, cucumber, snow peas, and broccoli.
According to the NNSW LHD, only 6% of Australians eat the recommended five serves of vegetables a day, while only 52% eat enough fruit. “Vegetables make cheap, simple, and tasty additions to every lunchbox,” Ms Adams said.
“Unlike fruit, most vegetables pack well, and will still be fresh and crunchy at lunch time.”
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.