FRESH is best.
That was the message put to the students of St Joseph’s Primary School Rochester on Friday.
Their annual Market Fresh Schools Program featured a table full of the freshest fruit and vegetables ready for the students to try.
Health promotion worker Crystie Ballard said the program was aimed at ensuring all students understand the value of fresh food.
‘‘It is important for the students to know what they are eating,’’ she said. ‘‘The program teaches the students the paddock to plate mentality. Seeing the fruit and vegetables from start to finish and the value of eating a variety of different colours.
‘‘It is also a great way for students to remind their parents which fruit and vegetables they like as well as trying some new ones.’’
Ms Ballard said Market Fresh presenters Teisha and Carolyn were able to engage the students.
‘‘The way they run the program ensures the students are really listening to the process of the fruit and vegetables and how they come to be on our plates,’’ she said. ‘‘At St Joseph’s we are always looking for to ensure our students remain healthy and this was a great way for them to engage in healthy eating.’’