March 11, 2010

Healthy lunch challenge pays off for students

Annual 4 for Lunch competition encourages healthy eating
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York is pleased to announce Red Maple Elementary School as the winning class in the annual 4 for Lunch: Healthy Lunch Challenge.  Winning students will receive a healthy lunch party courtesy of York Region Community and Health Services.
WHEN: Friday, March 12th    
  12:20 p.m.  
WHERE: Red Maple Public School
155 Red Maple Road
Town of Richmond Hill
WHO:  Students from Red Maple Elementary School
  York Region staff 
Upon arrival, media must report to the school office for an escort to the classroom.

• 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 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, 120 Grade 3 classes from across York Region registered for this nutrition 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 high in sugar, fat and low in nutrients
For more information on healthy eating, please contact Eat Right Ontario at 1-877-510-5102 or visit
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit 
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 4016 or After-hours Cell: 905 251-5553

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