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Freshen up your plate with veggies and fruit this fall

WHITBY, ON September 01, 2015 - Local families are encouraged to freshen up their plates this fall with the launch of Durham Region Health Department’s annual vegetable and fruit campaign, “Real Food. Real Fast. Real Good. Are You Getting Enough?”

“The fall is a great time to explore new and healthy food choices for the whole family,” said Adrienne Baltadjian, a public health nutritionist with the Health Department. “Buying vegetables and fruit while they are in season is a great way to try new produce when it’s freshest, cheaper and tastes best.”

Families are encouraged to bring the kids when selecting vegetables and fruits to eat. “With your children, be creative when picking, preparing and eating vegetables and fruit to add some fun and help them to eat more,” added Ms. Baltadjian. “When shopping at the grocery store or farmers’ market, let children pick a new vegetable or fruit to try. You can also include your children’s new favourites in their school lunches or snacks.”

Canada’s Food Guide recommends four to eight servings of vegetables and fruit per day for children, depending on age and gender, and adults need seven to 10 servings, also depending on age and gender. However, a recent Canadian Community Health survey found that only one-third of Durham Region residents 12 and over eat vegetables and fruits more than five times daily.

Research shows that eating vegetables and fruit can lower your risk of developing obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, some cancers, high blood pressure and stroke, and may also help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight. 

Back-to-school lunches and snacks can be quick and healthy when using vegetables and fruit. “Even if you’re running late, there are many on-the-go meal and snack ideas. We know that time is often a barrier for busy parents, so we’re trying to help everyone recognize that vegetables and fruits are easy additions to any meal or snack.”

For more information, tips and recipes on how to enjoy the freshest produce this season, visit durham.ca/healthyeating, or call Durham Health Connection Line at 905-666-6241 or 1-800-841-2729.

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Regional Municipality of Durham:
Glendene Collins - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999 

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