March 4, 2009
Media Release

Healthy Lunch Challenge pays off for York Region students


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…quot; The Regional Municipality of York Community and Health Services department is pleased to announce Good Shepherd Catholic Elementary School is the winning class in the 4 for Lunch: Healthy Lunch Challenge.  Winning students will receive a healthy lunch party courtesy of York Region Community and Health Services.
 
When:  Wednesday, March 4th    
  12:00 p.m.  
 
Where: Good Shepherd Catholic Elementary School
  19112 Concession 2
  Town of East Gwillimbury
Please note upon arrival, media must report to the school office for an escort to the classroom
 
Who:  Students from Good Shepherd Catholic Elementary School
  York Region Community and Health Services staff 
 
Background: 
 
• The 4 for Lunch: Healthy Lunch Challenge program is offered annually to all Grade 3 students within the York Region District School Board and York Region Catholic District School Board
• The program helps to ensure that foods from the four recommended food groups outlined in Canada’s Food Guide, including vegetables and fruit, grain products, milk and alternatives and meat and alternatives are included in daily lunches
• This year, 163 Grade 3 classes from across York Region registered for this nutritional education project
• For one week, each participating class recorded the total number of each food group from Canada’s Food Guide that were in student lunches
• All participating students received a certificate of participation and each year at least one class is randomly drawn for the grand prize of a healthy lunch
• Research shows that children learn and behave better when they are well nourished
• Children may not be as well nourished as possible because of limited knowledge of what foods contribute to healthy meals
• Many children bring lunches loaded with high sugar, high fat and low nutrients
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: (905) 830-4444 / toll-free 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 4016
After-hours Cell: (905) 251-5553 / Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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