Ontario’s apple growers are using an Olympic hockey star to encourage young people to adopt healthy eating habits.

Olympic gold medal winner Cheryl Pounder, who plays for the Toronto Aeros semi-professional hockey team, is partnering with the Vineland Station-based Ontario Apple Growers to encourage students to eat healthy.

The growers’ group is providing 100,000 apples to grade school and high school students through more than 500 school-based nutrition programs supported by the Toronto Foundation for Student Success, according to a news release.

On Oct. 5, Pounder participated in events connected to Feeding Toronto’s Hungry Students week, dedicated to building awareness and raising funds to help more than 90,000 students who participate daily in school meal programs.

After Pounder’s talk, up to 400 grade school and junior high students gathered on school grounds in the formation of a giant apple for a photograph.
 
The apple growers want their fellow Ontarians to consider who has inspired them to pursue their dreams and write about it through the “Apple of My Eye” contest.

Contest participants that visit www.onapples.com can enter to win a $1,000 grocery gift card to Metro and Loblaw grocery stores.

The contest runs Nov. 6-Dec. 4.

Ontario apple growers use Olympic star to promote healthy eating

Courtesy Ontario Apple Growers

Hundreds of school children gather in the shape of an apple to raise awareness of Feeding Toronto's Hungry Student. The Ontario Apple Growers plans to provide 100,000 apples to students through more than 500 school-based nutrition programs.