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May 3, 2002
Public Health says "Eat your veggies and fruit"
Toronto Public Health is launching a campaign at the Good Food Festival this
weekend encouraging families and individuals to eat more vegetables and fruit.

"We know that most people don't get enough vegetables and fruit. Research
continues to support what our mothers always told us--eating vegetables and
fruit helps keep us healthy," said Sari Simkins, Healthy Lifestyle Manager,
Toronto Public Health. She recommends eating a total of at least five servings
per day.

The Good Food Festival is being held at the Exhibition Place in the Automotive
Building May 3 - 5, 2002. Public Health dietitians and nutritionists will
demonstrate economical, fast and fun ways to include veggies and fruit in meals
and snacks at the Ontario Produce Marketing Association Stage.

Visitors can enter a contest to describe creative ways of getting their
families to eat more vegetables and fruit. The grand prize is lunch for four at
the CN Tower's 360 Restaurant and a Toronto Blue Jays package. The contest runs
from May to August 2002. Entry ballots are available at various locations
throughout the city or by calling Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600.

People who are busy tend to eat less vegetables and fruit. "When people are in
a hurry, they often choose packaged, ready-made food because it is more
convenient," said nutritionist Marian Law. "We tend to forget that vegetables
and fruit are mother nature's ready-made food."

For information on Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating, go to or call
Toronto Health Connection.

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