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Great Big Crunch: Peterborough Kids Chomp into Healthy Eating!

March 9. 2017 – Hundreds of St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary School Students Celebrate Nutrition Month with Tenth Annual Great Big Crunch Event

Today hundreds of students from St. Alphonsus Catholic Elementary School joined thousands more across Canada in a loud, simultaneous apple chomp as part of the tenth annual  Great Big Crunch event.

“We are honoured to be the host school for the Great Big Crunch assembly this year,” said Ryan Brooks, Principal of St. Alphonsus. “This is a great way to reinforce the importance of healthy eating for our students and staff.”

The local event is organized by Food for Kids in partnership with Peterborough Public Health.  “This event is a fun way for kids to get excited about healthy eating,” said Angela Fuchs, Coordinator of the Food for Kids Student Nutrition Program.  Food for Kids is a local organization that works to support Student Nutrition Programs.  “This event gets kids talking about locally grown apples and supports education around healthy eating, how food is grown and how food ties into our community.”

Now in its tenth year with participants from coast to coast, the initiative was started by Food Share Toronto, a food initiative that aims to improve access to affordable and healthy food in communities.  In 2016, the event attracted 450 registered “crunch-sites”, resulting in 153,011 people taking a united bite out of an apple in support of food literacy and local food.

“The Great Big Crunch falls during Nutrition Month, so this is a great opportunity to emphasize the importance of modelling healthy eating to children, and the key role healthy eating plays in children’s ability to learn,” said Lauren Kennedy, Registered Dietitian at Peterborough Public Health.

For more information about Food for Kids, to volunteer or to make a donation, visit www.foodforkidsptbo.ca.

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For further information contact:

Lauren Kennedy, MScFN, RD

Public Health Nutritionist

705-743-1000, ext. 233

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