Health News

FRUIT N VEG MONTH 27TH AUGUST - 21ST SEPTEMBER

The aim of Fruit n Veg month is to increase the number of adults and children eating adequate amounts of fruit and vegetables by increasing:

  • Awareness of the recommended daily amounts to eat.
  • Positive attitudes toward fruit and vegies.
  • Knowledge of the health benefits of eating fruit and vegies.

Why is it important to eat fruit and vegetables?

Fruit and Vegetables are good sources of fibre, vitamins and minerals and antioxidants.

A diet in fruit and vegetables also helps:

  • Prevent vitamin deficiencies
  • Prevent obesity
  • Prevent constipation and other bowel disorders
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce cholesterol levels
  • Improve blood glucose control

Fruit, vegetables and legumes are full of phytochemicals, which can:

  • Help prevent cancer and slow cancer growth
  • Protect against cardiovascular disease
  • Protect against type 2 diabetes
  • Protect against cataracts
  • Protect against macular degeneration

Healthy Kids Association provides a free parent e-newsletter with important nutrition information and great recipes that can help you stay on top of what is going on in the world of nutrition. To sign up, simply visit: www.healthy-kids.com.au

For more nutrition information and recipes go to: www.nutritionaustralia.org

Thank you

Jenny Hill
College Nurse

Source: Healthy Kids Association