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National Nutrition Week, 16-22 October

Aussies and Kiwis challenged to eat more veggies

Did you know, less than 4% of Australians get their daily dose of vegetables? In fact, the average person only eats half that amount.

PMA Australia - New Zealand is helping to turn that around as a partner of Try For 5 during National Nutrition Week, 16-22 October 2016. This year’s theme, Try For 5, aims to encourage more Aussies to eat their five serves of vegetables every day.

PMA A-NZ encourages the entire fresh produce industry to support the Try For Challenge and get inspiration, motivation and support to reach your goal of your 5 serves of vegetables each day during National Nutrition Week. Challenge yourself – or a team – to earn points with every serve of vegetables you enjoy (and keep an eye out for bonus rounds). Unlock personal achievements, track your progress on the live score board, and motivate others in the Team Chat page.

It’s $15 per person to enter and every sign up supports Nutrition Australia’s non-profit work to promote healthy eating in early childhood services, schools and the community. Lucinda Hancock, Nutrition Australia Vic Division CEO, said “Making a pledge to eat more veg is the first step to better health and wellbeing.”

“Vegetables are the most under-consumed food group, with the average Australian eating only half their recommended intake. Yet, over a third of the kilojoules we consume each day come from unhealthy options like cakes, biscuits, take away, confectionery, drinks and alcohol.”

Renee Harrison, Marketing Manager at PMA A-NZ is excited about the Try For 5 Challenge this year. “In Australia and New Zealand, we are so fortunate to have an abundance of healthy, natural fresh produce available to us all year round,” said Ms Harrison. “By making simple but smart decisions to choose fresh over processed, we can reverse the level of unhealthy eating which is causing an obesity crisis in our country and a spike in chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes and even Cancer.”

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