The Great Big Crunch

Celebrate healthy eating through the eyes of an apple on October 13, 2016

On Oct. 13, 2016, Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington in partnership with Halton Food for Thought launched the Great Big Crunch. The Great Big Crunch is celebrating healthy eating through the eyes of an apple. Healthy Kids Community Challenge and Halton Food for Thought celebrated with students, teachers, educators and all food enthusiast about healthy eating through the apple’s journey from seed, to harvest, to market, to table (and around again!). 69 public and catholic schools in Burlington participated in this event and over 36,000 apples were “crunched.

Students, teachers, educators and all food enthusiasts participated in one Great Big “synchronized” Crunch to celebrate healthy eating and highlight the availability of local foods.

Why healthy snacking and eating is important
Changes in our food environment, including consuming larger portion sizes and the availability of a wide variety of inexpensive food, have made it challenging to maintain a healthy weight. The proportion of obese children has nearly tripled in the last 25 years and almost 30% of our children are classified as being overweight or obese. Unhealthy weights can influence self-esteem, social inclusion and mental health in children and youth and are associated with an increased risk of chronic disease and premature death in adulthood.  That is why Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington and Halton Food for Thought have partnered up to support educating about the importance of healthy eating and healthy snacking to school age children.

Let’s teach our kids about healthy eating for a lifetime of healthy living!

For more information about the Great Big Crunch, visit the Halton Food for Thought website.