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The Big Crunch for World Food Day

15-Oct-2015

Approximately 15,000 students at schools in Regina, Saskatoon and Moose Jaw get a chance to understand where food comes from and the importance of eating healthy foods and eating local foods in celebration of World Food Day. This is the 3rd year that Regina is participating in The Big Crunch with a larger reach from 2 schools and 500 students the 1st year to 22 schools and 6,100 students this time around! This year’s participating schools include: Arcola, Connaught, Ethel Milliken, Harvest City Christian Academy, Henry Braun, M.J. Coldwell, O’Neill, Regina Christian, Ruth M. Buck, Sacred Heart, St. Augustine, St. Catherine, St. Francis, St. Joan of Arc, St. Mary, St. Michael, St. Peter, St. Timothy, Thomson, W.F. Ready, W.H. Ford, and Winston Knoll.

Students will crunch down on delicious and nutritious Waldeck Colony Farm and Pioneer Gardens’ carrots purchased from a Regina company, Local and Fresh, paid for by United Way Regina. The Big Crunch in Regina was sponsored by REACH (Regina Education and Action on Child Hunger), Regina Catholic Schools, Regina Public Schools and the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region.

The Big Crunch is an opportunity for students and teachers to celebrate World Food Day, get excited about healthy eating, learn about our food system, highlight the availability of local produce and promote growing our own food.

When: Friday, October 16, 2015 at 10:20am (approximately)
Where: St Timothy, 280 Sangster Blvd.

Over 60 per cent of our vegetables come from outside of Canada; raising awareness like this helps support our local growers. Learning about our food and how it gets from field to table provides important exposure to healthy foods. For some families, access to fresh produce is difficult, because they have no neighbourhood grocery store selling fresh vegetables and fruit, and too many convenience and fast food stores selling food high in sugar and salt and low in healthy nutrients. This initiative will hopefully bring attention to local foods and the possibility of growing our own food in yards, school grounds and community gardens. Planting gardens in communities beautifies neighbourhood spaces, brings people in the community together, is good exercise, gets people excited about healthy eating and contributes to positive mental health. It also helps to bring healthy food to some of these areas in which it can be difficult to access. Healthy eating not only keeps our bodies healthy but also contributes to positive learning outcomes for our children and youth.

“We want to associate healthy eating as an enjoyable, tasty experience, not as a chore or duty,” says Chelsea Brown, public health nutritionist with RQHR. “When kids have these positive experiences and associations with healthy foods, healthy eating becomes an easier part of daily living for the years to come.”
The Regina organizers would like to thank Local and Fresh, Waldeck Colony Farm and Pioneer Gardens for their contribution supplying the carrots and the United Way Regina for providing funding to purchase the carrots for the schools.

For More Information:
Anne Lindemann
Communications Consultant
RQHR Communications
Email: anne.lindemann@rqhealth.ca
Phone: 306-766-0889
Dana Folkersen
Executive Director
REACH
Email: reach.director@sasktel.net
Phone: 306-535-8830