Cancer Council launch new website to help families ‘think outside the sandwich’

Harris Park mother Esther Chaise and her daughter. Picture: Cancer Council NSW
Harris Park mother Esther Chaise and her daughter. Picture: Cancer Council NSW

Cancer Council NSW have just launched a new website healthylunchbox.com.au, which encourages families to lead healthier lifestyles – more fruit and veggies for everyone!

The website includes easy recipes, ideas and tips. Another highlight is it features an interactive lunch box builder so families can plan a healthy lunch box at home, or on the move with their smartphone or tablet.

Harris Park mother of two Esther Chaise said the website helped her prepare simple yet healthy meals for her son and daughter, who attend Rosehill Primary School.

“It’s really informative. It teaches you the importance of not making meals too complex and gives you some great and simple recipes to try,” she said.

“I really liked that the Healthy Lunch Box website encourages you to take the children and get their input when you’re shopping for meals.”

Esther Chaise and her two children have fun with the new website. Picture: Cancer Council NSW

Esther Chaise and her two children have fun with the new website. Picture: Cancer Council NSW

The website launch is part of Cancer Council’s Eat It To Beat It program, which runs free sessions and workshops across western Sydney for parents with children.

“I loved that it educated me on the basics,” another mother and Winmalee resident, Clare Mullins said.

“I found the website really useful. I like how they have a lunchbox set out with a meal and you can then click on a link, which takes you through to the recipe.

“They’re easy recipes with some great variety. It makes you think outside the sandwich.”

According to the Cancer Council, only seven per cent of children eat enough vegetables in New South Wales and 22 per cent of children are overweight or obese.

“Alarmingly, in South Western Sydney, 97 per cent of adults don’t eat enough vegetables, while 51 per cent don’t eat enough fruit,” Cancer Council NSW Greater Western Sydney regional nutrition project officer Kate Sewell said.

“In Western Sydney, 43 per cent of adults are eating enough fruit, while four per cent are eating enough vegetables and in the Nepean Blue Mountains, 49 per cent of adults are eating enough fruit and eight per cent are eating enough vegetables. It’s a great start and we’re here to help boost intakes even higher.”

Cancer Council NSW said one in three cancer cases can be prevented by adopting a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating well, being active and maintaining a healthy weight.