The third theme was Choose to boost veggies and fruit. This theme encouraged children and their families to eat more vegetables and fruit at meals and snack times.
Canada’s Food Guide recommends children aged 2-13 years old eat 4-6 servings of veggies and fruit each day. However, we know kids and adults often fall short of this goal.
Why ‘Choose to boost veggies and fruit’?
Vegetables and fruit are important for kids’ health and go hand in hand with healthy eating. They are a great choice to satisfy hunger any time of the day.
Eating a diet rich in veggies and fruit:
- Provides children and families with the vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre, and overall energy needed to be physically active and play.
- May prevent certain types of cancer.
- Is linked to a lower risk of heart disease.
- Is linked to healthy weights and lower risk of obesity.
Kids and adolescents get about 27 per cent of their daily calories through snacks — food eaten outside of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Snack time presents a great opportunity to encourage healthy choices, such as vegetables and fruit.
Did You Know? Children learn about food by watching others. Research shows that children are more likely to meet recommended vegetable and fruit intake when they see adults eating these foods often. Kids are also more likely to eat vegetables and fruit when parents offer verbal praise and support.
Learn more about veggies and fruit from A-Z. Refer to the ‘Choose to boost veggies and fruit’ Toolkit for more information on and resources for this theme.