Northern Fruits and Vegetable Program Launch at Holy Saviour

Northern Fruits and Vegetable Program Launch at Holy Saviour

On February 13, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit launched the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program (NFVP) by gathering staff, students, Superior North Catholic District School Board staff and several community partners in the Learning Commons at Holy Saviour Catholic School in Marathon. The Northern Fruits and Vegetable program is a program that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to schools each week across the north shore. The program runs for 20 weeks from January to June.

staff and students bite into an apple as part of the northern fruits and vegetable program launch

Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and distributed by the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ Association, this program provides students from JK to grade 8 twice-weekly servings of fresh fruit and vegetables, starting in January and running until the end June 2019. More information can be found on the Thunder Bay District Health Unit Website at www.tbdhu.com/NFVP

The Northern Fruits and Vegetable Program’s focus is to not only to provide students with the opportunity to enjoy fresh fruit and veggies during the winter and spring months but also to encourage active living and educate students to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Rachel Globensky, NFVP Program Coordinator; Melissa Lanovaz, Health Promotion; and Rhonda O’Connor, RN from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit returned to Holy Saviour Catholic School on February 14th to lead a Cooking with Kids class with the Grade 6, 7 & 8 students. Students had the opportunity to prepare fruit smoothie and parfaits. The students and staff were especially excited that some smoothies were made with the homegrown kale that Mrs. Heath has helped them grow in their very own school tower garden. Students were provided with recipes and resources to take home to help build healthy habits.

Public Health Nurse leading students in smoothie making
Thunder Bay District Health Unit Public Health Nurse, Rhonda O'Connor leads students to create smoothies during Cooking with Kids Class.
Health Promotion Lead, Melissa Lanovaz leads students in Cooking class
Melissa Lanovaz from Thunder Bay District Health Unit assists students to mix and measure ingredients to create healthy fruit smoothies
leading cooking class
NFVP Coordinator Rachel Globensky discusses the Canada Food Guide and making healthy choices with students.

The Superior North Catholic District School Board is grateful for this program that is provided to our schools. The Northern Fruits and Vegetable Program allows our students to learn about and try various fruits and vegetables they may have never tried before and offers healthy eating options to our students. Our schools have benefited from the educational resources received through the program, which highlight the benefits of healthy eating and being physically active.

"Together We Educate Heart, Mind and Soul."