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July 25, 2017
Vegetables for better health

In 2013 Nexus Primary Health (Nexus) and the LHPCP led the implementation of the Primary School Healthy Eating Survey across the Murrindindi and Mitchell Shires. From the sample it was found that on the day of the survey only 46% of children consumed vegetables and only 9% had vegetables in their school lunch box.

Did you know that less than 4% of Australians consume enough vegetables each day?

In fact, the average Australian only eats half that recommended amount! Only 1% of Australian children and teenagers eat enough vegetables as part of their diets.

As a result of our findings Nexus has become active in initiatives such as community gardens, home harvest projects, water only schools, and the community kitchen. All of these initiatives work across a variety of settings such as schools and neighbourhood houses and aim to increase access to healthy and nutritious food.

Another good way to promote healthy eating is the ‘Try For 5’ Campaign by Nutrition Australia. This Campaign aims to encourage more people of all ages to eat five serves of vegetables every day. Whether they’re fresh, frozen or canned, eating more vegetables is one of the easiest, cheapest – and tastiest – things we can all do for better health and wellbeing.

It’s recommended that people over 9 years old enjoy at least five serves of vegetables a day, as part of an overall balanced diet for good health. More for men and breastfeeding women, 2.5 for toddlers, and 4.5 for 4-8 year olds. In fact did you know that we consume over 1/3 of our daily energy (kilojoules) from junk foods, sugary drinks and alcohol.

Nexus provides Nutrition and Dietetics services throughout Mitchell and Murrindindi for men and women of all ages. Our service provides information and support to assist you to improve your health and wellbeing whilst taking into account your individual needs. This service may be Bulk Billed as part of a Team Care Arrangement – speak to your GP to see if this is right for you.

Categories: Community Engagement

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