Big Veg Crunch held across schools in the region in 2018

STUDENTS have munched and crunched their way to a full stomach. 

Schools from across the shire, including Yanco Public, recently took part in the “Big Veg Crunch”. 

It was the second time Yanco Public students participated in the event, with principal Tarnya Grigg excited to say students enjoyed the event.

“It's great to see students trying new foods and liking them,” she said. 

“At YPS we are working on ensuring our canteen foods are everyday foods.”

“We are a crunch and sip school and encourage all of our students to fill their drink bottles with water.

“When on playground duty it's great to see kids eating healthy sandwiches and recess foods. We all make sure we enjoy the odd treat too.”

Nineteen out of 20 Australian children are not eating enough vegetables.

That’s according to the 2014-15 National Health Survey, which showed while 68 per cent of children are eating the recommended serves of fruit every day, only five per cent are eating the recommended serves of vegetables.

Across the region, 48 schools and more than 6900 students joined with thousands of other primary school students from across NSW to all crunch on vegies together.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District health promotion co-ordinator Brendan Pearson said it was important for children to have a healthy diet.


“It is recommended children between four and 12 years eat around five serves of vegies per day,” he said.

“These healthy eating habits - will last a lifetime. Vegetable Week, the Big Vegie Crunch and other activities like these are vital to encourage increased fruit and veg intake both at school and in the home.”


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