ECHUCA-MOAMA primary school students could be eating more vegetables in the near future.
Under the Nestle Healthy Active Kids program, schools can receive up to $25,000 worth of mobile kitchen equipment to help teachers to deliver nutrition and cooking education.
The initiative has been designed with getting more kids involved in cooking in mind.
With less than one in 10 children and adolescents meeting the recommended daily serving for vegetables, education at home and at school about healthy food choices is more important than ever.
The Kitchen Kart has the ability to set up a cooking classroom in any location; whether it’s an ordinary classroom, hall or even in the garden.
It includes a commercial convection oven, induction stove top, kitchen sink, lockable cupboards and draws, and child safe kitchen tools and utensils.
The winning school will also receive tailored lessons and healthy recipes for teachers.
Nestle market nutritionist Megan Darragh said there were lots of opportunities for kids to be eating more vegetables.
‘‘While 83 per cent of children are consuming some vegetables, they are not eating enough day-to-day,’’ she said.
‘‘Every child is different and finding out what vegetables kids do and don’t like is an ongoing process.
‘‘Talking to kids about vegetables, trialling them in different ways, such as grating veggies into spaghetti bolognese or savoury muffins and getting kids involved in the kitchen can be a great way to familiarise children with new vegetables, or ones they don’t usually like to eat.’’
Healthy recipes are available on the website (www.healthyactivekids.com.au) where people can also nominate schools for the competition.
Teachers, parents and community members have until September 1 to nominate a school to win The Kitchen Kart.
The winning entrant will also receive $1000 to go towards keeping their own family healthy and active.