• About Tryfor5

    Celebrating Vegetables!

    14 - 20 October 2018

    Tryfor5 is an annual campaign powered by Nutrition Australia encouraging Australians to increase their vegetable consumption to the recommended five serves per day, launching during National Nutrition Week (where awareness is raised around the role of food on our health). Despite the latest studies and recurring healthy eating messages only 4% of Australian’s are eating enough vegetables each day. The average person eats only half as much as they should, which is the inspiration behind Tryfor5.

     

    2018 Theme

     

    This year’s Tryfor5 theme is “Small Change, Big Gains” where we’ve transformed some of Australia’s favourite recipes by adding more veg, making them even more healthy and delicious, forming part of an overall healthy, balanced diet. Our biggest-ever competition has been announced, plus tasty tips to enjoy more veg every day, so stay tuned for more info! Thanks to our valued partners and supporters for helping us inspire Australians to discover more ways to add veg to their day!

    Did You Know?

    Latest research shows a healthy diet has mental health and memory function benefits

    • Current research reveals diet and mental health are related. Poor diet is now believed to be linked to negative mental health and a greater risk of depression and anxiety, and also impacts memory and learning.
    • Recent findings from surveys and intervention trials conducted by the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University suggest that consuming a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables also has benefits for mental health such as better mood and reducing the risk of depression across the lifespan. It may also have long-term benefits by playing a role in protecting our brains and keeping our memory sharp as we age.
    • Research confirms fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and fish, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are frequently replaced with processed foods laden with loads of unhealthy fats, salt and sugars. 
    • Nutritious food fuels our brains and bodies; however, our tendency to reach for convenience foods, as opposed to the balanced diet, is resulting in many of us not meeting basic dietary requirements and a nation soaring in diet related health issues ranging from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and stroke and mental health a recent addition.

    What Can You Do?

    There’s plenty you can do to improve your veg consumption and ultimately, your physical and mental health

    • Studies show Australian’s want a simple approach to cooking, with familiar, family-favourite meals high on the list, as well as practical tips and advice on improving meals nutritionally. 
    • Building on this insight; simple and small changes in diets can help increase vegetable intake, resulting in big health gains for generations. 
    • Tryfor5 emphasises the healthy eating message with our ‘Small Change, Big Gains’ campaign transforming some of Australia’s favourite recipes by adding more veg to make them even more healthy and delicious!

    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.

    It 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. Visit the Nutrition Australia website for more information regarding programs, services, recipes and nutrition information. www.nutritionaustralia.org     

  • In a Snapshot

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    Low Percentages

    Only 4% of us eat the recommended amount of veg each day with the average person eating half as much as they should. Children 2-18 years averaged 1.8 serves per day and less than 1% usually consumed their recommended number of vegetable serves.

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    Worldwide Issues

    Health issues connected to unhealthy food are being seen worldwide. Latest research reveals diets and mental health are related.

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    Brain Food

    Areas of the brain connecting memory and learning can be affected across all ages with diets lacking in vegetables.

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    What We Eat

    Fruits and veg, whole grains, lean meats and fish, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds are frequently replaced with processed foods laden with unhealthy fats, salt and sugars.

  • Australia's Favourite Recipes

    We hear you Australia! We understand you want a simple approach to cooking, with familiar, family-favourite meals high on the list, as well as practical tips and advice on improving healthiness of meals.

     

    Building on this insight; the 2018 Try for 5 campaign has transformed some of Australia's favourite recipes by adding more veg so they not only taste delicious but are super-healthy to boot!

     

    Remember, simple and small changes in your diet can help increase vegetable intake, resulting in big health gains for generations. It's win-win for everyone!

  • Recipes

    All our recipes are triple checked and taste-tasted by our team of dietitians to ensure they incorporate loads of veggies, are good for you and make your taste-buds dance!

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