Theme 3: Choose to Boost Veggies and Fruit

Children and families need vegetables and fruit for health and well-being
…but less than half are getting enough!

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This Theme runs from April to December 2017. It supports kids and families to make vegetables and fruit part of every meal and snack. Activities work towards:

  • offering vegetables and fruit to children in more settings
  • encouraging habits that support eating vegetables and fruit, such as gardening and helping in the kitchen.

Theme 3 Parent Fact Sheet

There are many exciting projects in this Theme, with partnerships with a variety of community agencies. A list of Theme 3 projects can be found on this page.  A summary of our Theme 3 projects is available at this link.

Visit the Events Calendar that includes Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC) activity dates.

Stay connected with HKCC Peterborough on Facebook and Twitter for updates, events and contests!

How Can We Boost Veggies and Fruit Together?

Here are some easy tips

Grow Together

FACT: Kids growing food may help boost the amount of veggies they eat.

kid with carrotsGrowing veggies & fruit: where do I start?

Start a Food Garden

Watch Michelle Ferreri on gardening, veggies & fruit, and healthy kids

Learn about food growing programs

Find community gardens

Cook Together

FACT: Getting kids cooking may increase their willingness to try new veggies and fruit.

How young can kids start cooking? Cooking with kids of Different Ages

Get started in the kitchen:

Find Cooking Programs

Eat Together

FACT: Family meals are linked with MANY benefits… including healthier eating habits, stronger family relationships, and positive behaviours.

kid with broccoliWhy It makes a difference – Family Meals

How can I help kids love veggies & fruit ?

How many veggies & fruit do I need?

What is “moderation” for children? (video)



How can we pack healthy lunches together?  

Nutrition at School for healthy Kids Video 

Healthy Lunch Pinterest Ideas 

Health Canada Healthy School Lunch Tips

Lunch Ideas and Q&A with a Dietitian

Download and Print Lunch Box Notes!

Find out if your toddler or preschooler is a healthy eater, what is going well, and what can be improved at

Talk to a dietitian for reliable nutrition information – call Eat Right Ontario at 1-877-510-5102, visit or find a Registered Dietitian in Peterborough

Find Veggies and Fruit Together

FACT: Involving kids in shopping for veggies and fruit teaches them an important life skill.

shopping at farmers' marketWhat’s in season? Produce Availability Guide

Find markets, food programs, kitchens, gardens, and grocery stores – Peterborough community services map

Order monthly produce – Just Food Box


Store veggies and fruit, from A-Z.

Are frozen veggies & fruit healthy?

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Boost Veggies and Fruit in the Community Together

FACT: Food and drinks offered where kids live learn and play, impact well-being of children, families, and communities.

Childcare and Children’s Programs

Sports and Recreation

Peterborough Petes encourage you to eat veggies and fruit at every meal and snack!



How do you like to choose to boost veggies and fruit?

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Have a question or “Healthy Kids” event to suggest for the Events Calendar?

Contact the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Coordinator, Claire Townshend: 705-743-1000 ext. 355


Do you need more information or resources?

Get reliable information about healthy eating! To speak to a registered dietitian for free, email Eat Right Ontario or call 1-877-510-5102

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