October is Veggie and Fruit Month in Local Schools | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

October is Veggie and Fruit Month in Local Schools

Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/October 20, 2017 - October is Veggie and Fruit Month in participating local elementary schools. This is one of the current initiatives for the Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit theme for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings Prince Edward (HKCC HPE).

To launch Veggie and Fruit Month, HKCC HPE hosted a professional development day for elementary educators at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre on September 27, 2017. The day was filled with inspiring speakers who spoke about the importance of nutrition education and how to incorporate it into many subjects at school. Educators learned about the importance of being sensitive to food insecurity issues, cultural differences and weight issues when speaking about food and nutrition. The afternoon had some hands-on activities for incorporating growing plants into the classroom, taste testing opportunities, and discussion about curriculum links and available resources.

Throughout Veggie and Fruit Month students are learning about why and how to boost veggies and fruit, where veggies and fruit come from and what influences their veggies and fruit choices. Many individual schools have also added their own competitions and creative activities to promote veggies and fruit throughout October.

Every elementary school student in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties also received a reusable lunch bag, a locally grown apple and information about veggies and fruit and the local Good Food Box program. These were distributed in schools at the beginning of October to celebrate Veggie and Fruit Month.

“Let’s encourage kids to eat vegetables and fruit at every meal and snack to help meet their five servings of vegetables and fruit every day,” said Kristina Smith, Local Project Manager for HKCC HPE. “Most kids are not meeting the goal of five servings of vegetables and fruit every day, as recommended by Canada’s Food Guide.”

Please visit our website to view the videos of the presentations from our professional development day and to access all our resources for Veggie and Fruit Month. For more information about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, please visit www.healthykidsHPE.ca.

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QUICK FACTS

  • Canada’s Food Guide recommends that children get at least five servings of vegetables and fruit a day.
  • Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruit may prevent certain types of cancer, is linked to a lower risk of heart disease, healthy weights and lower risk of obesity.
  • Hastings and Prince Edward are among 45 communities selected to take part in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.
  • The HKCC Hastings Prince Edward is receiving up to $1,125,000 from Ontario to fund local community projects.

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If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact

Kristina Smith
Local Project Manager for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Phone: 613-966-5500 ext. 226
Email: ksmith@hpeph.ca