Choose to boost veggies and fruit.

The third theme of the HKCC is Choose to boost veggies and fruit and runs April 2017 – December 2017. This theme encourages kids and families to make vegetables and fruit a part of every meal and snack.

We know that vegetables and fruit are essential to kids' health. They are a great choice to satisfy hunger any time of day. Vegetables and fruit provide many benefits:

  • They are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and fibre and other important plant nutrients.
  • Eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruit may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and heart disease. It is also linked to healthy weight and a lower risk of obesity.

Canada's Food Guide recommends at least 5 servings of vegetables and fruit for kids every day. However, most children are not meeting this goal - according to the Canadian Community Health Survey, 59% of Canadian children aged 2-17 had less than 5 servings a day of vegetables and fruit.

Recommend Number of Food Guide Servings per DayWhats a serving

 

During Theme 3, our community will introduce campaigns, policies, programs and environmental supports that will encourage kids to eat more vegtables and fruits. Follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on what's happening!

 

For more information:

Parents & Caregivers Fact Sheet (French)

Partners & Stakeholders Fact Sheet (French)

Indigenous Fact Sheet Fact Sheet (French)

Background & Evidence Fact Sheet (French)

Infographic (French)