PLAN TO EAT WELL THIS SUMMER

 

BRAMPTON, ON. (July 3, 2013) – Do you know about all the varieties of vegetables and fruit that grow right here in Peel? With everything from apples to watermelons, and beets to pumpkins, Peel farms are a great place to pick up fresh and delicious vegetables and fruit.

 

The Region of Peel is focused on improving the health of all of its residents by encouraging more fresh, flavourful and healthy foods in their daily diet,”says Dr. David Mowat, Region of Peel Medical Officer of Health. Vegetables and fruit bring a lot to the table — taste, colour and variety. With many different vegetables and fruit to choose from, your plate will always be interesting.”

 

Residents can visit GrownInPeel.ca to see the seasonal availability of nearly 50 vegetables and fruits that are all available in Peel. There is also an interactive map of farm and farmers’ market locations, and a listing for each farm that shows what products are available. A paper copy of the guide can be picked up at libraries, fairs and municipal buildings or by emailing growninpeel@peelregion.ca to request a printed copy.

 

Whether picking your own fresh fruit at a local farm or choosing a healthy option while at a summer festival, residents are encouraged to change the way they think about, enjoy and look at food. A healthy diet rich in vegetables and fruit may help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and some types of cancer.

 

“Eating right is just one part of living a healthy lifestyle along with moving throughout the day,” continues Dr. Mowat. “Summer is the perfect time for residents to get active by visiting one of our local markets and sampling the savory produce.”

 

For more information, call the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700 or visit peelregion.ca/health.

 

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the town of Caledon.

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