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Duffin’s Bay Achieves Success with their Vegetable and Fruit Challenge!

A group of students on a Health Action Team at Duffin’s Bay Public School were eager to see staff and students eating more vegetables and fruit. They put their big idea into action and involved the whole school in a fun vegetable and fruit challenge.

Quick Quiz. What do you think is the percentage of Durham residents aged 12-17 and over that eat vegetables and fruit 5 or more times a day? a)75% b)38% c)54%. Answer: If you said b. 38%, you are right! (Canadian Community Health Survey, 2014). This means less than half our kids are getting what they need!

Fun Facts

  • Canada’s Food Guide recommends 4 - 6 servings of vegetables and fruit each day for children depending on age and gender.
  • Eating vegetables and fruit can help you achieve a healthy body weight and lower your risk for diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, high blood pressure and stroke.

Steps to Success

  • The health team used grant funding to provide students with the opportunity to try different veggies and fruit.
  • With support from parents and teachers, the team helped purchase, prepare and deliver veggies or fruit to the entire school a few times a week.
  • The school learned about the health benefits of these nutritious treats with daily morning announcements and postings on the school bulletin board.
  • They held a “Healthy Eating Challenge” where students tracked the veggies and fruit they ate at school and home. Winning classrooms received extra gym time. What a fantastic way to promote physical activity.
  • The school's public health nurse provided Health Department resources such as the “Together is Better” magazine, and vegetable and fruit resource cards for students to take home and share with their family.
  • The health team also held a poster contest with prizes, where students designed an advertisement to promote eating healthy. The team received some very creative entries from all grades.

The Amazing Results

The team achieved their learning goal of supporting the school to learn about the nutritional benefits of vegetables and fruit and to try something new. They also met their success criteria to be able to identify new fruit and vegetables and learn about their health benefits. Congratulations to Duffin’s Bay for achieving the Gold level - Healthy School Award for 2015-2016 and supporting health in their school!

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