Cancer Council program sinks its teeth into beating cancer through fruit and veg

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES: Cancer Council volunteers Alison Teml and Susan Toy will launch a new healthy eating campaign on Monday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0616sgcancer1

EAT YOUR VEGETABLES: Cancer Council volunteers Alison Teml and Susan Toy will launch a new healthy eating campaign on Monday. Photo: STEVE GOSCH 0616sgcancer1

THE Cancer Council’s new family-friendly program Eat It To Beat It will be launched on Monday, aimed at combating low levels of fruit and vegetable consumption.

Latest data from Health Statistics NSW shows 90 per cent  of adults in the Orange region do not eat the recommended five serves of vegetables a day and more than 50 per cent do not eat the recommended two serves of fruit a day.

The program, to be delivered through primary schools, will provide parents with training, skills and resources to help them include more fresh fruit and vegetables in the family’s diet.

Cancer Council community programs coordinator Fiona Markwick hopes it will reverse the disturbingly high figures.

“The stats speak for themselves. In Orange we’re not eating nearly enough fruit and vegetables,” she said.

“Getting your two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables can seem like a challenge, but Eat It To Beat It shows just how simple it can be.”

The Cancer Council will hold the first Fruit and Veg Sense session, with help from volunteers Alison Teml and Susan Toy, on June 23 from 5.30pm until 7pm at the Cancer Council office at 122-124 Kite Street.

People wishing to attend should contact the office on 6392 0800 by June 20 to reserve a spot.

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