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Best Food Friends
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Fast food has replaced healthy eating and it is one of the many culprits that lead to childhood obesity and obesity related diseases. These fun loving characters serve as an excellent tool to help families make better choices and improve their overall health. Best Food Friends is currently expanding. We now have 56 characters teaching children about the wide variety of fruit and vegetables avaialble.
With child obesity, heart disease and diabetes on the rise, it’s up to us as guardians of our children to do everything we can do to stop these diseases that are largely preventable.We can make a difference by educating our children at an early age. Healthy eating is the key to a healthy life!
Best Food Friends evolved from a simple idea Catherine Chapman had to teach her own children to eat healthy. Faced with the threat of Diabetes that was prevalent in her husband’s family she needed to find a way to educate her young children.
Catherine’s children are adults now but still remember the fun stories and characters as they were growing up. They still love them today as adults and believe growing up with the characters in their life was a fun way to learn to eat healthy.
Part of the Best Food Friends series is the Take 5 Plus 2 Team. This series of characters comprise of five vegetables and two fruits,(A message that was promoted by the Australian Government ‘Go for 2&5’) encouraging and challenging children to eat more fruit and vegetables every day.
This team of characters are promoted throughout schools in programmes developed for healthy eating by the above associations. Some of the characters have been made into life size and are performing at select schools as part of prizes won by schools participating in the programmes.
The take 5 plus 2 team have their own story books relating to the characters personalities. The aim of the stories is to engage young children in becoming familiar with each character so that the recognition of the character leads to ‘Healthy Eating.’
Best Food Friends was created in 2010 and has been growing strongly ever since.
2016/17: Healthy Food at Schools
Posh Pear and Busy Broccoli are back touring schools with Kulture-Break. We are helping to spread the word with the ACT Department of Health’s new programme ‘Fresh Tastes’. Register your school for our cool dance show . We look forward to seeing you.
2014/15: Healthy Food At School Programme
We’re helping kids eat healthy for a week with some great take home resources to help you stay on track. We’re also helping the ACT Government promote their new programme ‘Fresh Tastes’.
2013: Active kids challenge
We were helping kids try new foods that they haven’t tried before and helping families eat healthy for a week. We had lots of fun.
2011/12: Active Kids Challenge
In 2011 the physical Activity Foundation and the Take 5 Plus 2 Team invited school children to undertake the Active kids challenge. The challenge was a great success. The take 5 plus 2 team challenged kids to eat more fruit and vegetables. The team represented the Government message go for 2 and 5. That’s two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables daily. The programme was so
2010: Diabetes fruit and veggie challenge
Diabetes ACT and the Take 5 Plus 2 Team invite school children to undertake the Fruit and Veggie Challenge. The take 5 plus 2 team are challenging kids to eat healthy. Children should consume two serves of fruit and three serves of vegetables every day, so the challenge team are challenging you to eat five serves of vegetables and two of fruit every day. Awareness is crucial at an early age, as it is often too late when we become adults with unhealthy eating habits. Diabetes ACT have adopted the team to promote a healthy eating challenge to schools.