We’re boosting Australia’s vegetable intake with an innovative app. Try the VegEze app today and take the 21-day challenge to improve your diet.

The challenge

Australians aren’t eating enough vegetables

Do you eat the recommended five servings of veggies daily? Unfortunately, many of us don’t.

Screenshot of home screen of the VegEze app on an iPhone.

The VegEze app was developed by CSIRO researchers in collaboration with SP Health and Hort Innovation.

In fact, when our researchers studied the dietary habits of nearly 200,0000 adults as part of the CSIRO Healthy Diet Score research, they found that two out of every three Australian adults were failing to meet the recommended daily vegetable intake as set out in the Australian Dietary Guidelines.

That’s a scary fact when you consider that a diet lacking in fruits and vegetables may increase your risk of developing chronic health problems like heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, not to mention an unhealthy weight.

A poor diet can be improved: our research also revealed that eating three types of vegetables as part of your evening meal was key to a better diet.

But changing dietary behaviour can be difficult, and here lies the root of the problem…

Our response

Introducing VegEze: a smartphone app to track your daily vegetable intake

Working with our partners SP Health and Hort Innovation , our dietitians sought an innovative approach to help people break those entrenched diet habits that see them regularly skipping out on vital vegetables.

The answer was in their very own back pocket: the smartphone.

With behaviour-changing strategies like self-monitoring and social comparison, the VegEze app encourages users to eat three different vegetables at dinner every day for 21 days.

Users can easily track their vegetable intake, aided by daily reminders, rewards, and resources like vegetable-rich recipes and meal ideas to help stay motivated and on track.

Download the app

You can download the free VegEze app via the Apple App Store now.

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The results

VegEze helps increase vegetable intake and variety

Once we made the VegEze app available to the public, we began to gather data from its users to track its overall effectiveness.

The VegEze app features daily reminders, rewards, and resources to help you stay motivated to achieve your vegetable-eating goals.

Though we’ve already garnered the data we need for this study, we still encourage you to download and use the free VegEze app.

Here’s what we found of the 1,224 people who used the VegEze app and participated in our research study:

  • 59% reported an increase in their vegetable intake (55% of men and 60% of women).
  • On average, participants increased their intake by half a serve per day.
  • The percentage of people who met the recommended vegetable intake as per the Australian Dietary Guidelines increased from 15.9% to 22.6%.
  • Participants who used the app most frequently reported the greatest increases in vegetable intake.

Read the complete VegEze App report.

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