Nutrition Australia urges Australians to eat more! (Vegetables that is)


11 FEB 2018

Official figures show that a staggering 96% of all Australians don’t eat enough vegetables each day .

In fact, the average Aussie eats less than half their recommended daily intake, . Yet, over a third of the kilojoules (energy) we consume each day come from unhealthy options like cakes, biscuits, take away, confectionery, drinks and alcohol .

Nutrition Australia, the country’s leading nutrition organisation and creators of the Healthy Eating Pyramid, is challenging all Australians to think twice about eating their usual snacks, and to choose vegetables during Smart Eating Wweek (12-18 February 2018).

“Vegetables aren’t just for dinner - they're a versatile ingredient that can go in any dish, any time of day,” said Lucinda Hancock, Accredited Nutritionist and CEO of Nutrition Australia Vic Division.

“Whether they’re fresh, frozen or canned, raw, cooked, baked, mashed or sliced, eating more vegetables is one of the simplest things we can all do for better health and wellbeing. Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants which help us to live longer and healthier lives.”

In fact, adding just one serve of vegetables a day (half a cup of chopped or cooked vegetables, or a cup of leafy salad) can reduce a person’s risk of illness by 5% and reduces their chances of getting cardiovascular disease by 4% . Plus, the risk of stroke decreases by 11% for every extra 200g of vegetables consumed.

“For over 30 years, Nutrition Australia’s Healthy Eating Pyramid has been advising Australians to eat a diet of mostly plant foods, including vegetables and legumes. Sadly, most Australians don’t eat the balanced diet that’s depicted in the Pyramid, and this is why we’re seeing such high rates of diet-related diseases,” said Lucinda Hancock

The link between vegetables and wellness is so convincing that Bayer Australia has partnered with Nutrition Australia to sponsor the ‘Try For 5’ campaign which aims to inspire all Australians to eat more vegetables each day.

“SMART EATING WEEK is a way for all of us to focus our attention on the importance of good nutrition. Vegetables contain many vitamins and minerals that are good for your health, and the focus of our partnership is to encourage all Australians to improve their health by eating five serves of vegetables every day of the year”, said Shazia Ahmad, Medical Manager, Bayer Australia and New Zealand.

For more information visit to discover new ways to add vegetables to your day.

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For more information, images, or to arrange an interview, contact:

Try For 5 media spokespersons

Lucinda Hancock
Chief Executive Officer - Nutrition Australia Vic Division
03 8341 5810
0403 042 094

Leanne Elliston
Program Manager - Nutrition Australia ACT Division
02 6154 9820

About Nutrition Australia

Nutrition Australia is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation and registered charity that aims to inspire healthy eating for all Australians.
Nutrition Australia is comprised of five independent state divisions that provide local programs and services, while collaborating on national initiatives such as the Healthy Eating Pyramid and National Nutrition Week.


About Bayer in Australia

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of healthcare and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. It has operated in Australia since 1925 and has a long term commitment to the health of Australians. Locally, Bayer currently employs almost 900 people across the country and is dedicated to servicing the needs of rural Australia and the local community. Bayer is deeply committed to research and development and has a strong tradition of innovation. The company’s focus on people, partnerships and innovation underpins all aspects of its operations, consistent with its mission, “Bayer: Science For A Better Life.”

Meshlin Khouri
0409 479 251

Try For 5 is proudly sponsored by Bayer Australia.


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