Fruit & Veg Month

FVM-Logo-ColourFruit & Veg Month is a health promotion program for NSW primary schools that puts a positive focus on fruit and vegetables. The program is supported by NSW

Untitled design-2Fruit & Veg Month 2017 will be held from 28 August to 22 September and registration is now open! The theme for this year is ‘Get Loud for Fruit & Veg!’. Australian children (and adults!) don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables. That’s why this year’s theme will focus on the benefits of fruit and vegetables, investigating why we don’t eat enough of them, and promoting the ‘eat more’ message to peers, families and the wider community. Watch this space as we announce more exciting news about the program in the coming months.

Register HERE for Fruit & Veg Month 2017

Schools who register receive free resources including:

  • Easy to use classroom activities (ES1 – S3) with cross-curricula outcomes
  • Interactive whiteboard materials that meet curriculum outcomes
  • Posters and student reward stickers

Evaluation has shown that involvement in Fruit & Veg Month may:

  • Increase students’ knowledge about the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables
  • Encourage conversations about healthy lifestyles
  • Increase the amount of fruit and veg that students eat, as well as the variety they eat and their willingness to try new fruits and vegetables

“It was fantastic to see the children explore the wide variety of fruit and veg available to them. Peer pressure can be positive …”

Each student had the opportunity to try things they may never have heard of before. It was a huge success. We are now seeing a much more diverse range of fruit and veg in students’ lunch boxes.”

Already registered for Fruit & Veg Month 2017?

While you are waiting for your hardcopy resources to be sent to you, check out the 2017 Teacher’s Booklet.

The Fruit & Veg Power interactive whiteboard lessons (referred to in the Teacher’s Booklet) can be found here. Don’t forget to use them in conjunction with the classroom activity outlines found in the Teacher’s Booklet. The interactive whiteboard lessons work best on the latest versions of the various internet browsers. If you are having problems with functionality, try updating your browser.

Looking for the Fruit & Veg Month recipes mentioned in the Lesson Fours for S1, S2 and S3? Access the page here. If you need a permission slip for tasting activities, you can use this modifiable form.

Need a copy of the information page for canteen managers? You can find it here. Use this A3 sized poster to advertise your Fruit & Vegetable Month canteen specials. You can print the poster in colour, black and white, and in A3 or A4 size.

Don’t forget to let your school community know that your school is involved. Download a modifiable newsletter snippet and event logo. And if you want to let the local media know what you are up to, you can use this modifiable media release.

Want to send the message home to your families? Get them involved in the Get Loud for Fruit & Veg! Family Challenge. There are some great prizes up for grabs. Click here for all the details.

Details of the student competition can be found here.

You can still download the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Teacher’s Booklets, which include curriculum materials based around healthy eating.

Fruit & Veg Month vs Fresh for Kids Canteen Campaign

We know there is a bit of confusion about the two fruit and vegetable campaigns held in NSW schools in early spring each year: Healthy Kids Associations’ Fruit & Veg Month; and Sydney Markets’ Fresh for Kids Canteen Campaign.

Did you know that schools can register for both programs? In fact, they make perfect partners! What is taught in the classroom gets reinforced at the canteen.

And for further questions, please contact us.