Half Your Plate aims to get people to consume more fruits and vegetables

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Jorja Perrett doesn’t need any convincing that having half of her plate full of fruits and vegetables is a good thing.

Megan Smith, a registered dietitian with the Veitch Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre, discusses the importance of eating more fruits and vegetables with Grade 3 students from Sacred Heart Elementary School at the Colemans grocery store on Caribou Road in Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador on March 19.

The Grade 3 student at Sacred Heart Elementary School in Corner Brook (Newfoundland & Labrador) loves her fruits and vegetables, especially strawberries and sweet peppers.

“They are so sweet,” she said, admitting she even tops off her berries with a little sugar sometimes.

Perrett and her classmates made a road trip to the Colemans grocery store Thursday (March 19) for the launch of a new campaign to promote adding more fruits and vegetables to snacks and meals.

Colemans partnered with the Canadian Produce Marketing Association on the “Half Your Plate” initiative by inviting school kids to its stores all across the province. At the locations, registered dietitians taught the kids the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and gave them some tips on how to prepare them and incorporate them into daily eating habits.

The simple concept focuses on practical ways to make every meal and snack healthier by emphasizing that half the plate should contain fruits and/or vegetables.

When the kids were permitted to sample the trays of fruits and vegetables made available for snacking, Perrett first went for the plump blueberries and then the juicy orange segments.

“If you’re not eating as much fruits and vegetables as you can, you won’t have a healthy body,” she said. “If you’re eating a lot, you will be healthy.”

She said it’s a bonus that fruits and vegetables taste great.

Western Star

Organizations: Grade 3, Sacred Heart Elementary School, Canadian Produce Marketing Association

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Western Star

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