AUSVEG calls on Tasmanians to eat more vegetables

TRY FOR 5: AUSVEG CEO James Whiteside is urges Tasmanians to ‘Try for 5’ serves of fresh vegetables each day ahead of National Nutrition Week. Picture: Supplied
TRY FOR 5: AUSVEG CEO James Whiteside is urges Tasmanians to ‘Try for 5’ serves of fresh vegetables each day ahead of National Nutrition Week. Picture: Supplied

AUSVEG is calling on Tasmanians to ‘Try for 5’ serves of vegetables each day ahead of National Nutrition Week.

The theme for the week, which runs between October 15 and 21, is Try for 5.

Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show less than 4 per cent of Australians eat five vegetable serves daily, AUSVEG chief executive James Whiteside said.

“Most Australians fall alarmingly short of eating five or more serves of veggies each day and this has a severe impact on our health as well as the sustainability of the vegetable industry,” Mr Whiteside said.

Tasmanian growers are encouraged to put their produce on show. 

“Australian consumers have easy access to a range of high quality, locally-grown vegetables and it only takes a few minutes to prepare a single serve,” Mr Whiteside said.