Healthy eat­ing launch in St. An­thony

Heart and Stroke foun­da­tion launch their an­nual I Heart Veg­gies and Fruit pro­gram at White Hills Academy

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL - ST. AN­THONY, NL NORTH­ERN PENIN­SULA, NL

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Todd Rus­sell, pres­i­dent of the Nu­natuKavut Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, presents Guy Poole a $5,000-cheque for Di­a­betes Canada.

KYLE GREENHAM / THE NORTH­ERN PEN

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.

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