The Big Vegie Crunch was held at Canowindra Public School (CPS) on Tuesday at 10am. According to the National Health Survey 19 out of 20 Australian kids are not eating enough vegetables, however 68% of children are eating the recommended serves of fruit each day.
The Healthy Kids Association, with the support of NSW Health, organised The Big Vegie Crunch which is a record-breaking attempt to have the most Aussie kids eating vegies simultaneously.
Approximately 140 students from CPS took part in the Big Vegie Crunch with Prime7 News from Orange watching on. Canowindra Public School is a registered “Crunch and Sip” School so students are encouraged to bring some fruit or vegetables as well as a bottle of water to snack on during the morning learning session.
“We find that this helps the student’s concentration and keeps them ‘fuelled’ and able to focus on learning until recess time,” said Peta Laurie, Teacher at CPS.
This was the first year the School has participated in The Big Vegie Crunch. The main reason CPS joined in was to encourage students to eat more vegetables. Peta said “We have a fantastic vegetable garden at our School where students have the opportunity to plant, maintain then harvest the vegetables. The students also have the chance to use the vegetables they have grown in our School kitchen. They follow a recipe and make a variety of recipes that they then get to eat at the end!”
By Sarah Maynard