Fruit & Veg Month
Fruit & 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
Fruit & Veg Month 2017 was held from 28 August to 22 September.
The theme for this year was ‘Get Loud for Fruit & Veg!’. Australian children (and adults!) don’t eat enough fruit and vegetables. That’s why this year’s theme focused on the benefits of fruit and vegetables, investigating why we don’t eat enough of them, and promoting the ‘eat more fruit and vegetables’ message to peers, families and the wider community.
An amazing 770 primary schools across NSW registered for Fruit & Veg Month 2017. That means more than 210,000 students got loud for fruit and veg!
Schools who registered for Fruit & Veg Month 2017 received free resources including:
- Easy to use classroom activities (ES1 – S3) with cross-curricula outcomes
- Access to interactive whiteboard materials that meet curriculum outcomes
- Posters and student reward stickers
- Access to the Fruit & Veg Month competitions
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.”
Stay tuned for further updates on the Fruit & Veg Month program.
Want to keep getting loud?
Fruit & Veg Month 2017 might have finished up, but you can still keep getting loud at your school.
- Continue to incorporate the classroom activities from Fruit & Veg Month 2017 into your teaching – you can find the classroom activities and worksheets in the Teacher’s Booklet.
- Use the interactive whiteboard activities as a fun, and educational, brain break activity – you can access the 2017 interactive whiteboard activities here.
- Take on one of the ‘whole of school’ ideas and make it happen – e.g. sign up for Crunch&Sip, use fruit and veg fundraising, or measure fruit and veg consumption changes over time – you can find a page of ideas on page 6 of the Teacher’s Booklet.
- Ask the canteen to keep successful Fruit & Veg Month canteen specials on the menu or to incorporate regular fruit and veg tasting plates during morning tea or lunchtime service – check out page 8 of the Teacher’s Booklet for more information.
You can still download the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Teacher’s Booklets, which include curriculum materials based around healthy eating. You can also continue to access the 2017 Fruit & Veg Month interactive whiteboard materials.
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.