Fruit & Veg Month
Fruit & Veg Month is a health promotion event that aims to encourage increased fruit and vegetable consumption amongst NSW primary school children through engaging activities for the classroom, whole of school and at home. The event is funded by NSW Health.
Evaluations have shown:
- schools find the event well-resourced and easy to implement
- involvement in the event increases teacher confidence in teaching about fruit and vegetables
- event in-school coordinators believe the event has ongoing positive impacts on fruit and vegetable consumption at school as well as an increase in students talking positively about fruit and vegetables
Fruit & Veg Month 2021 will be held from Monday 23 August to Friday 17 September. 658 schools registered in 2020. Let’s beat this in 2021.
This year’s theme is Festival Fruit & Veg!
2021 has been declared the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables by the United Nations. So this year’s Fruit & Veg Month will celebrate all things fruit and vegetables. It’s time to throw a fruit and veg party!
Schools who register receive free resources including:
- Class posters
- Student reward stickers
- A staffroom copy of the Teacher’s Booklet which contains information on classroom and whole of school activities
- New classroom activities for each primary school stage (ES1-S3) that meet selected outcomes from the new NSW PDHPE syllabus
- Access to the student competition
- Canteen suggestions and parent resources
Looking for online learning activities for students?
You can still find access the resources from previous years including:
- Fruit & Veg Month 2020 resources (Planet Fruit & Veg!)
- Fruit & Veg Month 2019 resources (The Adventures of Captain Fruit & Veg!)
You can download the 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Teacher’s Booklets, which include curriculum materials based around healthy eating. You can also continue to access the 2016 and 2017 Fruit & Veg Month interactive whiteboard materials (these can also be used by students as individual online tasks too!).
Quotes from teachers involved in Fruit & Veg Month in previous years:
- Fantastic resources and an absolutely amazing initiative and my school loves participating in it every year. I continually have parents coming up to me and commenting on the change in their children and their willingness to attempt more fruit and vegetables at school and at home
- The resources that you produce are of an excellent quality and are extremely useful teaching resources for future years. Congratulations on such a wonderful initiative!
- The lessons were excellent, short sharp and to the point and gave students success and knowledge around why it’s important
A pilot evaluation of the impact of the 2017 Fruit & Veg Month lessons on students’ knowledge and behavioural intent found:
- Students’ knowledge of fruit and vegetables increased after participation in each lesson, in particular, students’ knowledge of how many serves of fruit and vegetables should be included in the diet each day
- Positive attitudes towards fruit and vegetables increased after participation in the lessons
- Behavioural intent around capacity and desire to eat more fruit and vegetables increased after participation in the lessons
- Most teachers believed their students would change their eating habits to become healthier as a result of the lesson taught
- All teachers believed that the lessons were an engaging way to encourage students to eat more fruit and vegetables
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 school canteen.
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