NEWMARKET – Public health nutritionists from York Region Health Services remind residents that August and September are the best months of the year to take advantage of the goodness and freshness of locally grown produce. Residents are encouraged to visit a local farmer's market or local farm to pick and purchase fresh produce.
Buying locally grown produce provides many benefits. In addition to supporting our farmers, the produce is fresher and has a higher nutritional value compared to imported produce.
Health Canada recommends that Canadians eat a minimum of five servings of vegetables and fruit per day. However, for the number of times we may have heard this important message, surveys indicate that Canadians are still far from meeting this important recommendation. A recent national survey of the eating habits of Canadians found that 50% of adults, and seven out of 10 children, aged four to eight, do not eat the recommended daily minimum.
Adding vegetables and fruit to your diet can be easy:
• Plan your meals ahead of time and stock up on vegetables and fruits for the week
• Pack portable veggies and fruits in your lunch bag every day
• Make a point of having vegetables or fruits with every meal and snack
• Double up on your servings of vegetables and fruits
• Visit a local farm to buy large quantities of produce. Preserve some by freezing or canning for later use
Vegetables and fruits contain health protective vitamins, minerals, fibre and other beneficial plant compounds that may help reduce the risk for diseases such as cancer, heart disease and stroke. Research also indicates that people who eat more vegetables and fruit tend to have fewer problems with their body weight and with health problems associated with being overweight or obese. Picking your own vegetables and fruits is also an excellent form of physical activity.
But the benefits of eating locally grown produce do not end here. Buying locally grown produce protects local farmland, supports local agriculture and can boost the local economy with food dollars. Many communities in York Region have local farmers' markets that are open on a weekly basis during the summer and early fall months.
For a copy of the York Region Farm Fresh Guide or for more information on this or other health-related topics, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or visit www.york.ca
Attachment: Printable flyer, "Vegetables and fruit, 5-10 a day for better health"
August 21, 2006 Local produce at its peak in August and September
NEWMARKET – Join York Region Health Services at Round the Bend Farm and learn the benefits of buying local and fresh produce. Speak to farm owners, Sue and Brian Feddema about growing and harvesting the produce. Purchase farm fresh products from their well stocked market. The farm currently features in season treats such as potatoes, sweet corn, beans, cabbage, beets, cauliflower, onions, zucchini and much more.
When: Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
Photo opportunity and interviews from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Where: Round the Bend Farm
16225 Jane Street, Township of King
The Feddema family has owned and operated Round the Bend Farm for 20 years. Brian and Sue, together with their five children, provide visitors with fresh, tasty and nutritious produce. Their farm also consists of sheltered picnic areas, a small animal petting farm and a challenging corn maze. Visitors supporting the market are admitted free of charge.
For a copy of the York Region Farm Fresh Guide or for more information on this or other health-related topics, contact York Region Health Services Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, York Region Health Services
Phone: (905) 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Pager (905) 830-3302