Fruity story

A new book is set to help Hume’s preschool children to further appreciate the fun in eating fruit and vegetables every day.

Dietician Kate Wengier will launch her book, What’s Growing?, as part of a special Story Time at 2pm on Tuesday 26 May 2015 at Craigieburn Library.

The book offers children a positive story about healthy food, and attempts to help youngsters to familiarise themselves with a range of common fruit and vegetables.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, encouraged families with preschool-aged children to come along to the Story Time and join in the fun.

“Kate loves colourful food and she’s very passionate about the need to eat fruit and vegetables each day,” Cr Atmaca said.

“What’s Growing? is a practical way to educate children about healthy eating, and Kate does it in a manner that really engages young people.”

Every child who attends the Story Time will receive a free copy of What’s Growing?, which has been published with funding from Healthy Together Hume, an initiative that aims to improve the health of people who live, work and play in Hume.

Healthy Together Hume has supported 15 Growing Idea awards, which aim to enhance the wellbeing of local residents.

Ms Wengier, a mother of four, said the book would help to develop healthy habits in our youngest residents.

“Habits are easiest to form from the start, and What’s Growing? will help children to embrace delicious fruits and vegetables now, because those early habits can influence us right throughout our lives,” Ms Wengier said.

“If young children know about fruits like strawberries, apples and oranges, they are more likely to want to eat them.

“I’m confident the book will motivate the children of Hume to eat more and more colourful vegetables, such as carrots, silverbeets, tomatoes and beetroots.”

Kate will sign copies of What’s Growing? at the Story Time, and also offer parents some tips on ways they can encourage fussy eaters to eat fruit and vegetables.

Healthy Together Hume is a joint partnership between Hume City Council, Dianella Community Health and Sunbury Community Health Centre, and is sponsored by the Victorian Government.


Updated : 12:26 PM, 22 May 2015

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