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Program to bring fresh fruit and veggies to area schools.

By: Sudbury Northern Life Staff

 | May 26, 2014 - 1:57 PM |

Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program 15,600 students in Sudbury and Manitoulin

The Sudbury and District Health Unit has launched a new program that will give participating elementary schools access to fresh fruit and vegetables for their students.

The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program will serve schools in the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts until August 2016.

This provincial program will serve around 37,000 children throughout Northern Ontario. In the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts, 76 schools from six school boards are participating and more than 15,600 students are involved.

“Locally, less than 15 per cent of adults report consuming the daily recommended intake of fruit and vegetables and together, we need to reverse this trend,” said Dr. Penny Sutcliffe, Sudbury and District medical officer of health, in a release.

“This program provides students with the opportunity to learn about, enjoy, and ideally develop a lifelong appreciation for fruit and vegetables.”

The program will help to educate students and their families about the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables, encourage healthy eating and promote Ontario-grown produce.

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