Areas students get a Great Big Crunch out of nutrition

Monday, October 08, 2012   by: Kate AdamsNorth Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
News Release


On Friday, October 5, over 8,700 students from more than 40 different schools in our district ate an apple all at the same time for the Great Big Crunch event!

The Great Big Crunch was a FUN way to get children excited about eating fresh fruits and vegetables and to increase their knowledge of healthy eating habits. The lessons learned will help fuel healthy habits for a lifetime.

The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit organized the event, in partnership with Community Living’s Student Nutrition Program.

For more information about healthy eating, call the Health Unit at 705-474-1400 or 1-800-563-2808, or visit


“Having a fun event that involves healthy eating helps kids learn that eating well can be fun and tasty! It’s important to promote healthy eating because the majority of students are not getting enough daily fruits or vegetables.”
- Alexandra Shishkov,
Public Health Dietitian

Quick Facts

 In 2011, 40.4% of Canadians aged 12 and older reported that they consumed fruit and vegetables five or more times per day. This was down for the second year in a row from the peak of 45.6% in 2009.

 Apples are the most varied food on Earth, with 7,500 varieties grown throughout the world!

 Apples have existed as a wild fruit since prehistoric times and have been cultivated for more than 3,000 years.

 Canadians eat on average, 86 apples per year

 Most of an apple’s nutrients are contained in the skin.

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