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Only 5 per cent of Canberrans eat the
recommended daily serve of vegetables,
according to the Australian Bureau of
But a report, which relied on 2011-12
statistics, found close to 50 per cent of
residents ate the recommended serving of fruit.
Canberrans also consumed more soup,
cereal and milk but were less likely to drink
beer or soft drinks and eat potatoes, cabbage
Heart Foundation ACT chief executive Tony
Stubbs said the data revealed the region led the
way in some aspects but trailed in others.
The overall picture cannot be good when
63 per cent of adults are overweight or obese
and 23 per cent of children are in the same
The food intake is one part of the health
jigsaw but when we have only 5 per cent of the
population consuming enough vegetables,
that s alarming, he said.
While we have 54 per cent of people
having enough fruit, that s still only one-in-two
people and it really isn t that much to ask.
The report also found allergies were more
common in Canberra -- 21 per cent of people
reportedly avoided food due to allergies or
intolerance, a higher rate than the national
Canberrans were also more likely to drink
wine with 22 per cent of adults enjoying a
drink compared to 16 percent nationally.
Nearly 4 per cent of residents reported
running out of food and not able to afford
VIEW CLUB SPEAKER TO TELL
ALL ABOUT GALLIPOLI VISIT
The Weston Creek View Club supports the Smith
Family Learning for Life program which helps
disadvantaged children with their educational
needs. Visitors and new members are welcome at
the next meeting on July 7 at Canberra Southern
Cross Club, Woden. Meetings are held from
11am to 2.30pm. Lunch, which costs $24, will be
Department of Veterans Affairs director of
nursing Jane Gallagher will speak about how she
assisted veterans at this year s Anzac Day service
in Gallipoli. Call 6281 3110 by July 3.
Grant helps autistic students
Farrer Neighbourhood Watch member Stella Battenberg, Farrer Primary
School principal Linda Heath, school board chairman Arron Scolnik and
Farrer NHW members Kathrine Pinkerton and Maureen Brown.
Farrer Primary School students will
benefit from new sensory boards in
classrooms and irrigation equipment
for their environment centre thanks to
a donation of $3800 from Farrer
The Neighbourhood Watch group s
committee and the school came
together last month to find ways to
improve help autistic children improve
Farrer Neighbourhood Watch area
co-ordinator Morrie Brown said he
contacted the school to check whether
the group could provide assistance and
identified there was a high need for
autistic students. The Neighbourhood
Watch board was unanimous in its
support to provide $2800 in funding
for the sensory boards and another
$1000 for irrigation equipment.
While sensory boards will be used
to help autistic students at the
classroom, new irrigation equipment
will go to the school s environment
centre, which encourages students to
plant and eat vegetables.
School principal Linda Heath said
the partnership was amazing .
"Our learning support unit is going
to appreciate having new sensory
boards," she said.
Ms Heath also said that
environmental science was very
important to the school and the
irrigation system was most welcome.
"We are looking at doing lots of
cooking and using that food in our
canteen," she said.
"Our students will appreciate
having the irrigation in there so the
plants can survive the school
Mr Brown said his group held a
number of fundraising raffles each
year and planned to continue
providing money to support the
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