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Brentwood defends healthy school title

Jun 21 2012

For the fifth year in a row, Brentwood Elementary won the title of most healthy and physically active school after participating in a Vancouver Island Health Authority program.

Students participating in the three-month Eat Well, Get Moving program aimed for 60 minutes of activity and five servings of fruits and vegetables daily - requirements straight from Canada's Food Guide and Canadian Physical Activity Guide.

"Children just aren't getting enough servings each day. We know that the majority do not get the five servings of fruits and vegetables that are recommended in the food guide," said Janelle Hatch, a VIHA nutritionist and one of the organizers.

She said it's important for children to eat a variety of nutrients to fuel their growth and development and the easiest way to do so is through fruits and vegetables.

"With physical activity and healthy eating - it's incredible - we're now seeing how important it is for children's emotional and mental health as well as their physical health," Hatch said.

About 25 to 30 schools participate each year in the program, which is organized by VIHA and local recreation centres.

As a prize, a bouncy castle will be set up Friday for Brentwood students.

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