The Great Big Crunch

Celebrate healthy eating through the eyes of an apple

On Oct. 26, 2017, Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington in partnership with Halton Food for Thought will be celebrating healthy eating through The Great Big Crunch for the second year in a row! The Great Big Crunch is working to promote healthy eating and making healthy choices to students, teachers, educators and all food enthusiasts by crunching an apple together. Last year, 69 public and catholic schools in Burlington participated in this event and over 36,000 apples were “crunched.”

Join schools across Halton to celebrate healthy eating and highlight the availability of local foods.

Participating is simple. Register today!
1. Register your school online at Your school can register at any time beginning now until Sept. 25, 2017. When you register, your school will receive free apples and weekly educational resources and age appropriate activities to support your month-long focus on healthy eating and Crunch Day!

In the fall
2. Check out the weekly educational resources, activities and video available for both elementary and high school students at to make learning about healthy eating and local food fun! You may also want to consider a trip to a local farm or arrange for a local farmer to visit your school. We would be happy to help make the arrangements!

On Great Big Crunch Day, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
3. Participate in a “synchronized crunch” into a delicious locally grown apple at a designated time of your choosing.Take and share photos. #greatbigcrunch, #burlon, #healthykidsburlon, #nostudentgoeshungry

Share your photos!
4. Take and share photos on social media. Tag us by using the hashtag #greatbigcrunch, #burlon, #healthykidsburlon, #nostudentgoeshungry

For other organization in Burlington wishing to join the celebration – no registration is required. If you would like to implement this event in your organization contact Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington. Please note that apples are only available to schools this year.

Why healthy snacking and eating is important
Changes in our food environment, including the availability of a wide variety of inexpensive, highly processed food and larger portion sizes and has made it challenging to maintain healthy eating. The results of unhealthy eating can influence self-esteem, social inclusion and mental health in children and youth and is 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 spread the word about the importance of local eating and healthy snacking to school age children.

Let’s teach our kids about healthy eating for a lifetime of healthy living! Learn more about the Great Big Crunch.