Ruby Maier participating in the healthy sandwich stall in the city centre yesterday.
Ruby Maier participating in the healthy sandwich stall in the city centre yesterday. Bruce Thomas

Kids encouraged to eat healthy

CHILDREN munched a healthy selection of carrot and celery sticks while they mapped out their ‘sensational sangers’ design at the Coffs Coast Growers’ Market yesterday.

The special sandwich activity was part of the Healthy Kids Eat Healthy Food campaign encouraging children to opt for fruits and vegetables at a young age.

There were dried fruits on hand and fresh produce sourced straight from the market for youngsters to craft their sensational sangers.

To make her sandwich face, Ruby Maier opted for carrot hair, cucumber eyes, capsicum lips and dried banana chips for teeth, while her young sister contentedly watched while crunching cherry tomatoes.

Market co-ordinator Jan Rooney said she hopes to make the activity (in its second year) an annual event.

“The children plan and draw their face first, before assembling the ingredients,” she said.

“When they are done we take a photo and the winning sensational sanger will win a hamper.”

North Coast Health Promotion’s Pam Johnson said the healthy kids campaign is more about fostering a love for fresh food than the science of it.

“Research shows that the more kids are involved in shopping for, preparing and cooking their food, the more they want to eat it, so it’s important to get them involved and eating healthy,” Ms Johnson said.

And proving her point, once the kids finished making their sandwiches they rolled them up and ate them.



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