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Operation: Vegetables at North Kalgoorlie Primary School
Last year, 104 classrooms from around the state participated in the Crunch&Sip Operation: Vegetables pilot. Pilot teachers tested out our newly developed resources designed to help schools promote vegetables for Crunch&Sip. We caught up with Heather Riseberry, a year one teacher at North Kalgoorlie Primary School, to hear about her experiences.
Q: Why did you decide to participate in the Operation: Vegetables pilot?
I decided to participate in the pilot program because only 1 in 6 kids eat their 4 ½- 5 serves of vegetables a day. We are a Crunch&Sip school and I wanted to see if I could make a difference to my students’ eating habits.
Q: What were the key factors in making the program work in your class?
The resources that were provided were very thorough and easy to use. My students were very eager to learn about different types of vegetables.
Q: Where there any barriers to running the program and were these overcome?
Schools are very busy places trying to plan, teach and evaluate the Australian Curriculum. I integrated the pilot program during my Health, Literacy and ICT time.
Q: What did students like about the program?
Our class was very excited to plant radish seeds in our homemade newspaper pots and document their growth on the iPads using Book Creator. They were then able to show their radish journals to their parents during Open Night. My students loved the lessons and the Vegetable Challenge. Making the rainbow dips encouraged the students to try vegetables they wouldn’t usually try and it was lovely to see all of my students trying the homemade vegetable soup they made.
Q: Have there been any changes in your student’s eating habits since participating in the pilot?
The data shows that 33% of my students were bringing vegetables for Crunch&Sip before the pilot and at the end of the pilot the figure raised to 77%. Even now in Term 4 there is a significant increase of the number of students bringing vegetables to school.
Q: Final thoughts?
It is wonderful to be a part of a program that makes a difference to so many students. The healthy habits students develop as kids set them up for a great start in life.
New Operation: Vegetable resources are out now! Click on the links below to take a look: