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Healthy lunch made easy

Monday, 19th March, 2018

The local health service’s Heidi Drenkhahn and Stacey Evers with Community Programs Coordinator from Cancer Council NSW Fiona Markwick during the launch of the Healthy Lunch Box website The local health service’s Heidi Drenkhahn and Stacey Evers with Community Programs Coordinator from Cancer Council NSW Fiona Markwick during the launch of the Healthy Lunch Box website

Cancer Council NSW has launched an interactive Healthy Lunch Box website for Far West families

The task of creating a healthy school lunch is now easier for parents with Cancer Council NSW’s newly launched Healthy Lunch Box website. 

The website includes recipes, ideas and tips - and it also features an interactive lunch box builder that enables parents and their kids to plan a healthy lunch box at home, or on the move with their smartphone or tablet.

The Healthy Lunch Box shows parents how easy it can be to add more fruit and veg and pack a lunch box that kids will love to eat while encouraging behaviour that has lifelong cancer prevention benefits. 

One in three cancer cases can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating well, being active and maintaining a healthy weight. But only seven per cent of NSW children eat enough vegetables and 22 per cent of children are overweight or obese.

The website has been launched as part of Cancer Council NSW’s Eat It To Beat It program which runs free sessions and workshops across the Central West for parents of primary aged school children, helping them to understand why fruit and vegetables are so important.

Fiona Markwick, Community Programs Coordinator from Cancer Council NSW said parents want quick and easy access to healthy recipes and inspiration on how to vary lunch box content.

“Parents want to ensure they are providing their kids with the energy and nutrients they need to learn and play,” Mrs Markwick said.

“With one child eating about 2,500 lunches throughout their years at school, many parents report that packing lunch boxes can be a chore, especially when it comes to getting kids enthusiastic about healthy options such as fruit and vegetables.”

The website has been made possible thanks to the ongoing generosity of OUTRUN CANCER (www.outruncancer.com) and the community.

Visit healthylunchbox.com.au and pack a tasty healthy lunch box today.

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