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 Health.
Fruit & Veg Month 2016 ran from 29 August to 23 September 2016. The theme for this year’s program was ‘Vegetables are Funky!‘ which meant fun classroom, and whole of school, activities that promote kids eating more vegetables. We were very lucky to have The Vegetable Plot on board to support us with their catchy music and clever lyrics.
Fruit & Veg Month 2017 will be held from 28 August to 22 September and registration is now open!
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.”
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.
Fruit & Veg Month 2016 resources
While we don’t have any remaining hardcopy resources from this year’s Fruit & Veg Month program, you can still download the Teachers Booklet.
The Vegetable Science interactive whiteboard materials (referred to in the Teachers Booklet) can also be found here. Don’t forget to use them in conjunction with the classroom activity outlines found in the Teachers Booklet. The interactive whiteboard activities work best on the latest versions of the various internet browsers. If you are having problems with functionality, try updating your browser.
And for further questions, please contact us.