Healthy eating launch in St. Anthony
Heart and Stroke foundation launch their annual I Heart Veggies and Fruit program at White Hills Academy
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador launched its annual back to school program at White Hills Academy in St. Anthony.
In the school cafeteria on Thursday, Sept. 28, health promotion and government relations director Juliette Nicholas spoke to the school’s fourthgrade class on the importance of healthy eating.
The health promotion program I Heart Veggies and Fruit is conducted in partnership with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro to advocate healthier eating choices to young students of the province.
As part of her talk to the students, Nicholas took a show of hands of lovers of fruits and veggies, and displayed the amount of sugar in a can of Pepsi to the attentive crowd.
With 46 per cent of children in the province reported as overweight or obese, Heart and Stroke NL CEO Mary Ann Butt said in a press release that the organization is “working to change that statistic and build a healthier future for the children of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
This is the fifth year for the Heart and Stroke foundation’s I Heart Fruit and Veggies program and the first year the Back to School launch was held in St. Anthony.
The next stage of Guy Poole’s journey to find a cure for diabetes has concluded.
Poole, who is from St. Lewis, Labrador, finished the 2017 Liz’s Walk for Diabetes Research in St. Lunaire-Griquet on Sept. 25.
This year, Poole started his walk Sept. 16. He completed a 297-km journey along a number of the Northern Peninsula’s branch roads, including through Roddickton-Bide Arm, Englee, the Straits area, St. Lunaire-Griquet, and other communities.
Poole started Liz’s Walk after his first wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Poole, lost her life due to complications from diabetes in 2004.
Ever since, Poole has been determined to help fund diabetes research and has raised money annually for Diabetes Canada through Liz’s Walk.
Each year, he walks about 300 kilometres along the roads of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Poole raised money via road donations and tickets on a 50/50 draw. The draw will take place in December at Poole’s workplace in Voisey’s Bay.
Donations include $500 from his nephew, Doug Mesher.
The total raised this year hasn’t yet been calculated.
At the conclusion of his walk, an event was held at the town hall in St. Lunaire-Griquet where Todd Russell, president of the NunatuKavut Community Council (NCC), presented Poole a $5,000-contribution on behalf of the NCC. The cash will go to Diabetes Canada.
The NCC has supported Liz’s Walk since its inception and has dedicated financial and human resources every year.
The mayor and fire chief congratulated Poole on his walk. He thanked everyone who has come out over the years – volunteers, donors, people who have walked with him, and the town of St. Lunaire-Griquet for free use of the hall – and supported Liz’s Walk.
Todd Russell, president of the NunatuKavut Community Council, presents Guy Poole a $5,000-cheque for Diabetes Canada.
Juliette Nicholas of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador displays the amount of sugar in a can of Pepsi to the fourth-grade class. It was part of the annual Back to School program launch, this year held at White Hills Academy in St. Anthony.