July 29, 2015, Leamington, Ont. – While school is out for the summer for most children across the nation, nearly 100 students in grades 1-3 from the Leamington area are participating in a three-week Summer Learning Program at local elementary schools.
“We have been experiencing great success in local schools & camps throughout the mid-west talking about health & nutrition so when the opportunity came up to support Camp Wonder which was right in our neighbourhood, we jumped at it,” said Chris Veillon, director of marketing for NatureFresh Farms.
Camp Wonder is a Summer Learning Program in the Leamington area that takes place at three local primary schools in early July each year. Part of the students’ learning involved inquiry around healthy eating practices in connection with the health curriculum.
“The partnership between Camp Wonder and NatureFresh Farms has been a great experience,” said program coordinator Katherine Ketler.
“A big thank you to NatureFresh™ Farms for not only their time involved in educating our students in making healthy food choices and about the need to eat brighter, but also for the generous donations of fresh tomatoes, bell peppers, and cucumbers throughout the three weeks of the program.
In addition to providing fresh greenhouse grown produce each week NatureFresh Farms corporate chef Henry Furtado paid a visit to each school recently to talk about healthy eating and the need to eat brighter with more fruits and vegetables in their daily diet.
Furtado also prepared fresh bell pepper smoothies for all the participants.
As well, NatureFresh gave all program participants eatbrighter! themed t-shirts and a reusable grocery bag full of tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers to take home to their families.
“The expression on kids faces when they take the first sip of the smoothie is priceless,” said Furtado.
He uses a variety of ingredients including, bell peppers, cucumbers, spinach, pineapple, orange juice, and Greek yogurt. “The taste is unique and packed full of vitamins and healthy nutrients, the smoothies were certainly a hit!”
Initiatives like this are a part of NatureFresh Farms strategy to educate consumers on the benefits of healthy eating and increase fresh consumption amongst children of all ages.
To learn more about NatureFresh Farms, visit www.naturefresh.ca.
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