Come and participate in this interactive workshop where we will introduce participants to VegKIT – a program of activities providing tools and enhancing initiatives aiming to improve children’s vegetable intake. Drawing from nutrition, dietetic, behavior change, and product development science, participants will have the opportunity to learn about this exciting project and innovative new resources that will be available for use in practice.

Supported by Hort Innovation, the 5-year VegKit project is delivered through a collaboration between CSIRO, Flinders University and Nutrition Australia (Victoria Division), the project will investigate the acceptance of vegetables through behavioural science and produce innovations.


  • Free


Bonnie Wiggins

Event date: 24Jun 2019

Monday 24 Jun 2019

Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre

  • 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Meeting Room 218, 1 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC
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The five-year project will deliver six key activities:

  1. Best practice guidelines for initiatives aiming to increase children’s vegetable intake
  2. A on-line register of initiatives to increase children’s vegetable intake
  3. Development of a coordinated and collaborative activity through the Vegetable Intake Strategic Alliance (VISA)
  4. Dietary advice for maternal, infant and early years, using evidence-based knowledge of flavour exposure and food preference development, to facilitate children’s vegetable intake.
  5. Development and testing of initiatives for long day-care settings to increase children’s vegetable intake
  6. Supply chain initiatives to increase children’s vegetable intake through industry innovations in the early primary school settings.

Who should attend?

This workshop will benefit those in the community, child care and education, vegetable supply chain, health and education policy, practice and research working in the areas of improving children’s vegetable intake. For example, growers, retailers, local authority and community workers, Federal and State Health, Environment, Agriculture and Education policy makers, childcare and early learning providers, health and education NGOs, community & public health dietitians, corporate/industry dietitians, private practice dietitians and public health nutrition researchers.


Failure to reach recommended intakes of vegetables persists amongst Australian children (Mihrshahi et al, 2018, Health Promot J Austral 1-5 DOI:10.1002/hpja201) suggesting there is a need for new strategies. Participants will come away from this workshop having been introduced to new tools to make real changes to children’s vegetable intakes and the means to measure the impact. Participants will also be given the opportunity to participate in a national registry of initiatives and a stakeholder alliance.


  • Publicise VegKIT to a broad range of stakeholders
  • Encourage stakeholders to participate and promote a national Registry of vegetable change initiatives
  • communicate best practice for initiatives aiming to increase children’s vegetable intake
  • give stakeholders tools to make and measure changes in children’s vegetable intakes
  • Grow a Stakeholder Alliance
  • Derive feedback from stakeholders

Other information

  • Refreshments provided
  • This event will be recorded and later podcast

Flinders University | Nutrition Australia | Hort Innovation | Healthy Kids Association | Perfection | Thomas Farms Kitchen


Time Activity
1.30 Welcome & Objectives
- Lynne Cobiac
1.35 Introduction: the The perennial problem of low vegetable intakes in children and how to address this: Overview of VegKIT’s six activities
- David Cox (CSIRO)
1.50 Development of VegKIT National Registry of Initiatives and How do you assess quality of what you are currently doing: the Critique Tool
- Nerida Firman (Nutrition Australia ) & Rebecca Golley (Flinders University)
2.15 How to be involved with the VegKIT Registry
- Nerida Firman (Nutrition Australia)
2.40 Break
2.55 Science into action - An evidence-based approach for translating best practice guidelines to increase consumption - Methods
- Gilly Hendrie (CSIRO)
3.15 Science into action: Translation of best practice for stakeholders and settings
- Gilly Hendrie (CSIRO) and Rebecca Golley (Flinders University)
3.35 Stakeholder feedback / discussion
- Participants (chaired by Lynne Cobiac)
3.55 Panel discussion: overcoming barriers (e.g. food security; food waste; interventions, supply chain).
- Four Key stakeholders (TBA depending on early registration); MC Lynne Cobiac
4.15 VISA - objectives, scope, TOR, how people can get involved
- David Cox (CSIRO)
4.25 Summation of the day and evaluation
Summary of key points, contacts, references and electronic evaluation of the workshop.
- Lynne Cobiac / Bonnie Wiggins

Science areas: Health and Biological sciences

Event type: Exhibition or workshop