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Eating My Colourful Vegies And Fruit Program 2012

It can sometimes be difficult to get our children to eat the foods we know they need to grow, move and be healthy. It’s not unusual for children to be cautious about new tastes and textures.

Our taste preferences are established at a very young age so what we put into their mouths in these early years really does matter. National surveys show that young children are not eating enough vegies and fruit for their long-term health. Encouraging our children to eat as many different types of fruit and vegetables during these early years could be one of the most important things we can do as parents and carers.

Australian Avocados recognised the need to introduce real experiences of vegies and fruit into the curriculum of early childhood centres across Australia and so engaged nutrition educators, Shelley Woodrow and Nadine McCrea to develop ‘Eating My Colourful Vegies and Fruit’. The program is free for participating centres. Centres are provided with a bag of learning resources as well asa tray of Australian avocados to bring the learning to life with smell, texture, colour and taste.

‘Eating My Colourful Vegies and Fruit’ is a multi-faceted educational program that includes practical support for participating early childhood centres. There is a comprehensive educator’s booklet as well as colourful and engaging resources including poster, colour swatche, food finder, songs and child-friendly recipes. It helps educators take children on a food adventure, discovering the rainbow of healthy vegies and fruit with their friends, in an environment where they may be more likely to try something new.

On October 17th, 2012, Australian Avocados despatched 600 trays of avocados to early childhood centres that pre-registered in August to be involved with the ‘Eating My Colour Vegies and Fruit’ program. This is the fourth time the program has run and has already touched the lives of 60,000 pre-schoolers between the ages of three and five years old.

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