Eating healthy with the Hawks

PLAYERS from the Hawthorn Football Club chowed down on some fresh Tasmanian produce when they visited the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) recently as part of the 2017 AFL Community Camp.

The players harvested fresh produce from the vegetable patch on site to create a range of delicious and healthy dishes which were then judged by a number of local students who attended on the day.

Tasmanian School Canteen Association executive officer Julie Dunbabin said the players were “very keen” to be involved on the day.

Ms Dunbabin said the Hawks particularly enjoyed collecting the fresh ingredients from the gardens.

“We even harvested some unusual ingredients for the summer salad, including some Peruvian ground apple, which was delicious,” she said.

“The children had a great time tasting and interacting with players and the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens was the perfect place to run around and work up an appetite.”

The activity was an initiative of the RTBG and the Tasmanian School Canteen Association, which have partnered in an effort to advance the sharing of ideas and resources to increase the health of Tasmanian children.

Ms Dunbabin said that only 14 per cent of Tasmanian children ate the required five serves of vegetables per day.

“We also know that up to two-thirds of a child’s food intake is consumed during school hours, so creating fun and healthy recipes to eat at school helps establish good habits,” she said.

Caption: Oliver Mizzen, 7, and Samuel Lee, 8, enjoying a healthy lunch in the community garden.

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