Fruit & Veg Month

FVM-Logo-ColourFruit & Veg Month 2016 –
29 August to 23 September

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.

The theme for 2016 is ‘Vegetables are Funky!

This means fun classroom, and whole of school, activities that promote kids eating more vegetables. And we are very excited to have The Vegetable Plot on board to support us with their catchy music and clever lyrics.

F&V Month booklet and postersRegister below to receive free resources including:

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

Because Fruit & Veg Month is a program that provides classroom materials, as well as ideas for whole of school activities, it’s best if the nominated coordinator is a member of teaching staff. (Please note: the Fruit & Veg Month coordinator will receive a registration confirmation email – please contact us if you don’t).

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. Register below for Fruit & Veg Month, and go to the Fresh for Kids website for more information on their Canteen Campaign.

Already registered for Fruit & Veg Month 2016?

While you are waiting for your hardcopy resources to be sent to you, check out the 2016 Teachers Booklet.

The Vegetable Science interactive whiteboard materials (referred to in the Teachers Booklet) can 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. 

Looking for a modifiable permission slip for tasting activities? Find it here.

Don’t forget to let your school community know that your school is involved. Download a modifiable newsletter snippet here.

You can still download the 2014 and 2015 Teachers Booklets, which include curriculum materials based around healthy eating.

And for further questions, please contact us.

PLEASE NOTE: INTERSTATE SCHOOLS, PRESCHOOLS, EARLY LEARNING CENTRES, CHILDCARE CENTRES, OUT OF HOURS SCHOOL CARE AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS (excepting those running a primary school curriculum) ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER FOR FRUIT & VEG MONTH. If you are from one of these facilities and interested in the program, you are welcome to download the Fruit & Veg Month resources available on this webpage. 

Fruit & Veg Month registration form

  • Your details will be shared with NSW Health and a Health Promotion Officer may contact you to offer their assistance. As part of Fruit & Veg Month, along with the resources we send, you may receive information regarding other services or organisations that may be of interest to you.