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The Great Aussie Crunch wrap up 2016
During the week commencing the 5th September, over 21, 500 Western Australian primary school aged children representing 94 Primary schools participated in The Great Aussie Crunch. Funded by the Agricultural Produce Commission for the second year, the event encouraged students to bring their choice of crunchy fresh vegetables to school and all CRUNCH simultaneously. Teachers used specially made ‘crunch-o-meters’ to measure whether their crunch was more of a ‘caterpillar nibble’ or a ‘crocodile crunch’.
The students from Palmyra Primary School were very lucky to have a visit from Rio Olympian Joel Swift, and Vegie Man was super busy visiting schools in Perth and Kalgoorlie.
Cancer Council WA Schools Nutrition Coordinator, Shannon Wright, says The Great Aussie Crunch is an entertaining way of encouraging children to eat more vegetables and it increases positive perceptions of healthy eating.
“The Great Aussie Crunch is a fun way to increase vegetable consumption at school. While most Western Australian children are eating the recommended daily intake of fruit, only 1 in 6 are eating enough vegies.” she said.
She said “It’s important that children form healthy eating habits to prevent the risk of chronic disease later in life. The classroom is the perfect environment to promote this message and put it into practice”.
Feedback was extremely positive with one Teacher reporting “All students and staff enjoyed the day. We had many students who tried different vegetables for the first time!’ and another “Our small group of students really enjoyed sharing vegies and some even tried vegies they normally wouldn’t. It was a great way to encourage healthy eating”
Schools were invited to participate in a post-event survey and were automatically entered into a prize draw. Congratulations to the lucky winners listed below;
- $500 voucher to an Electrical goods or Hardware store - South Newman Primary School
- $300 voucher to an Electrical goods or Hardware store - O’Connor Education Support Centre
- One of 5 Crunch&Sip® kitchen kits;
- Cooinda Primary School
- Padbury Catholic Primary School
- North Kalgoorlie Primary School
- Kukerin Primary School
- Bullsbrook College