Join us to celebrate Tryfor5 at Monash from 11-18 October, 2020. Tryfor5 is an annual campaign powered by Nutrition Australia encouraging Australians to increase their vegetable consumption to 5 serves per day, and we’re offering a range of activities to support you to enjoy more delicious and nutritious vegetables.

How much vegetables are Australians eating?

Vegetables are chock full all the great stuff essential for maintaining good health and keeping our bowels regular. Yet, only 7.5% of Australian adults ate enough vegetables daily, with the average person eating only half as much as they should.


5 Reasons to eat more vegetables

  • Vegetables contribute to a healthy, balanced diet and are low in kilojoules - which means you can enjoy more of it!
  • They are a good source of vitamins and minerals. Vegetables of different colours also have different phytochemicals and different health benefits- so it's important to "eat the rainbow" and enjoy range of colourful vegetables.
  • They can help to reduce your risk lifestyle related diseases of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.
  • They're an excellent source of dietary fibre, which can help to prevent constipation and maintain a healthy gut. A diet high in fibre can also reduce your risk of bowel cancer.
  • Vegetables taste delicious and there's so much variety to choose from here in Australia.

Events at Monash

Vegetables on display

Eat the Rainbow Challenge 

It's more important now than ever to take care of your health and eat well. This October, we're challenging staff to eat lots of delicious vegetables. You can choose to take on the four week challenge and aim to eat 5 serves of vegetables daily for the month of October, or start with the one week challenge during 11-18 October.

Share your recipes and pictures of your meals and let us know how you've incorporated more vegetables in your diet on Monash Wellbeing's Workplace group. Don't forget to use the hashtag #eattherainbow.

1st Prize - Medium seasonal produce box with a set of beeswax wraps valued at $69
2nd Prize - Small seasonal produce box with a set of cotton produce bags valued at $43
3rd Prize - Small seasonal produce box valued at $27

Shirley Phan

Click here to register and be in the running to win a fabulous prize! Terms and conditions apply.

Monash Well: Getting More Vegetables into Your Day - Tuesday 13th Oct, 2pm - 2.30pm  

Eating 5 serves of vegetables daily is easy, especially if you know how to prepare them so they are delicious.

Join Shirley Phan, our Monash Accredited Practicing Dietitian to learn about the benefits of vegetables and how to incorporate them in your meals - and don’t worry, you don’t have to eat an entire field of broccoli. Click here to register.

Monash Masterchef: Live cook-along with Marcus Cher - Thursday 15th Oct, 5pm-6pm 

Marcus Cher

Marcus Cher is an industrial designer who specialises in interactive food design.

He was a finalist in MasterChef 2015 and went on to train at many restaurants in Melbourne including 2 hatted establishments. Marcus is currently a part of Exertion Games Lab at Monash where he’s a Lab Manager and is doing research into novel interactive food experiences.

Join us and Marcus at our cook-along session, where Marcus will be preparing two appetiser; grilled edamame beans and grilled eggplant and long beans with a ponzu dressing, and a beautiful spring-inspired ratatouille. Everyone is welcome, including children and family members.

Click here to register.