Our teenagers' true habits
By Patrizia Reimer
IT MAY not be kosher to call North Coast boys fruity but when it comes to their health our boys eat significantly more fruit than the State average.
Wollongbar Year 11 student Mitchell Greig is a textbook example of our new healthy high schoolers.
"I usually eat three pieces of fruit at school then I come home and eat a couple more," said the St John's Woodlawn student.
"I go to the gym on Tuesday, train for footy on Wednesday, work on Thursday and play footy, rugby union on Friday night. I try to go bodyboarding every weekend but it's a bit cold at the moment."
North Coast Area Health Service director of health promotion Uta Dietrich said the North Coast was the only region where males ate significantly more fruit than the State average.
"Forty-seven per cent of males on the North Coast eat enough fruit compared with 40 per cent of males elsewhere in the State. North Coast males really stand out when it comes to eating fruit.
"Over the last 10 years the smoking rate has halved, 23.5 per cent of NSW students smoked in 1996 compared with 10.3 per cent now.
"Even with cannabis, in 1996, 34.1 per cent used cannabis now the State average is only 15.4 per cent.
"I think it might be in line with the adult smoking trends and smoking cannabis is a part of the North Coast lifestyle."
Student Mitchell Greig put North Coast teenagers' cannabis use down to the local lifestyle.
"I am not surprised," he said.