Hastings and Prince Edward Counties/August 28, 2017 - The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Hastings Prince Edward (HKCC HPE) will be encouraging local families to Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit this fall, and emphasizing the importance of making vegetables and fruits part of their diet every day.
Whether fresh, frozen, or canned, vegetables and fruit help provide children and families with the vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and overall energy needed to be physically active and stay healthy.
HKCC HPE will be coordinating several local programs and activities that will encourage families in Hastings and Prince Edward counties to include more vegetables and fruit in every meal and snack. Some of these activities include:
- Activities in local elementary schools to highlight Veggie and Fruit Month this October.
- Increasing the capacity of our local Good Food Box, this program provides fresh veggies and fruit at a fraction of the retail cost.
- The Leaders of Change initiative, which aims to recognize local organizations that make it easier for families to access healthier food and beverages.
Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit is the third phase of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, which promotes healthy eating, physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices for children. As part of the first theme of the HKCC HPE, Run. Jump. Play. Every Day., workshops were held to train teachers on the importance of physical literacy in the early years. As part of the second theme, Water Does Wonders, local organizations were able to apply for water stations to help increase access to water throughout our community.
Encouraging kids to stay active and healthy is part of the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live well; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
For more information about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, please visit www.healthykidsHPE.ca.
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“As parents, we all want to give our kids the best. When planning meals and snacks, let’s give our children the extra boost they need by including more fruits and vegetables. They’ll not only have more energy, they’ll also develop healthy habits for years to come.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Food preferences are set early in a child’s life. Ontario is working with the communities to improve access and availability of vegetables and fruits, and to increase children and parents’ knowledge about healthy eating and how to make it a part of their everyday lives.”
— John Fraser, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“While encouraging families to Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit, we’re hoping to introduce kids to the benefits of eating vegetables and fruit on a daily basis, while creating more supportive environments where the healthy choice is the easier choice.”
— Kristina Smith, HKCC Local Project Manager
- 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 Prince Edward is among 45 communities selected to take part in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.
- The HKCC HPE is receiving up to $1,125,000 from Ontario to fund local community projects.
- The Province-Wide Healthy Kids Community Challenge Initiative
- HKCC in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties
Sheryl Farrar, Program Manager
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Phone: 613-966-5500 ext. 487