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Go Bananas Day at school

Friday, 23 Sep 2022
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On October 26th, primary schools across NSW and ACT will be joining Healthy Harold to celebrate ‘Go Bananas Day at school’ – a fun initiative that inspires healthy eating habits and champions the many nutritional benefits that make Australian bananas so a-peeling.

Children and young people who have met Life Ed’s popular mascot, Healthy Harold, will know that bananas are the much-loved giraffe’s favourite fruit.

Developed by Life Ed NSW/ACT, in partnership with Hort Innovation and Australian Bananas, ‘Go Bananas Day’ will see over 3,500 primary students who are participating in the Life Ed program that day, engaging in classroom conversations that raise awareness around the importance of nutrition for wellbeing, and learn about banana health benefits.

Life Ed’s team of 60 specialist Educators will be commencing each Life Ed session with engaging nutrition education content, and interactive banana-themed activities featuring Healthy Harold.

Students are encouraged to kick-start the festivities by joining Healthy Harold and our Educators, in wearing the colour yellow and crazy banana-themed hair.

Best of all, every student participating in ‘Go Bananas Day at school’ will receive their own ‘banana saver’ cover, thanks to the team at Australian Bananas. The protective cover is a great addition to every child’s lunchbox that will help make bananas stay fresh and delicious for longer.

Australian bananas are a great snack to bring to school. They’re packed with natural carbohydrates, vitamin B6 and potassium – a perfectly balanced blend of nutritional benefits that makes them ideal for restoring tired muscles and supporting optimal brain function.

Would your school like to participate in ‘Go Bananas Day’? Send an enquiry to nsw@lifeed.org.au and join in celebrating Healthy Harold’s favourite long-lasting energy snack.

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Did you Know:

  • Bananas provide 5 essential vitamins and minerals
  • One banana (100g) provides just 3% of the average person’s daily kilojoule needs
  • Bananas provide vitamin B6 which helps maintain energy levels
  • Bananas are a source of vitamin C, essential for a healthy immune system
  • Bananas provide fibre which helps maintain a healthy digestive system
  • Bananas provide potassium and magnesium, two minerals essential for healthy muscles

(NB: Key health messages identified from ‘Nutritional Profile & Development of Health & Nutrition Related Key Messages’ Report 2018)

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