The Temagami Family Health Team is launching a 3-week campaign for employees called Paint Your Plate, a workplace project aimed at increased vegetable and fruit consumption. This campaign fits in well with this year’s Nutrition Month theme of Eating Well 9 to 5 – encouraging Canadians to make healthy choices throughout the workday. Paint Your Plate provides employees with strategies and tips to increase their daily vegetable and fruit consumption, and encourages them to be adventurous by introducing new foods into meals. The goal is to raise employees’ awareness of their vegetables and fruit intake, and inspire them to make improvements by providing resources and support. The Family Health Team is coordinating the campaign with support from the Timiskaming Health Unit (THU).
Staff at the Family Health Team hope to inspire members of the community to make healthy changes to their lifestyle as well. To help encourage our patients to increase the amount of fruit and vegetables they eat, we are opening the contest up to members of the community. Drop in to the clinic the week of March 30th to pick up your scorecard and great resources. Once you return your fruit and vegetable scorecard, your name will be entered for a chance to win a great prize!
Only 33% of Timiskaming residents eat at least 7 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruit a day as recommended by Canada’s Food Guide. Research has shown that eating seven or more servings of vegetables and fruit a day could reduce cancer rates by 20%, decrease the risk of developing heart disease and stroke, and help people achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
The Temagami Medical Centre and Family Health Team...
working together to keep you as healthy as possible!
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