ISSUE 53 FALL 2008
Inside this issue:
rner The Munch Bunch is excited to be back from their
Comic Co Race Around the World. Their mail box is full with
Burning w invitations from Toronto schools. They will visit four
y school celebrations to share their adventure stories
Contest with their Toronto friends.
C hris Carrot attends The Garden is Edible Salad
Party, a school garden harvest celebration. Chris
loves gardening because it's a way to be active with
a bonus of vegetables and fruit to eat.
C hris arrives at the school with a gift – a tabbouleh
recipe. Tabbouleh is a refreshing Middle Eastern
salad. Its ingredients are bulgur, parsley, mint,
tomatoes, cucumbers, green onion, lemon juice and
T he garden crops are ready to
harvest! Chris and the students
pick the vegetables needed to make
tabbouleh. It’s a sunny day so Chris
wears long pants, long sleeves, a
hat and sunscreen to avoid sunburn. Chris soon finds all the
vegetables in the garden. “What’s bulgur?” a student asks Chris.
Chris shows the student a bag of cracked wheat, and tells him that
parsley bulgur is a whole grain high in fibre, B vitamins and vitamin E.
C hris and the students go to the school’s kitchen to prepare tabbouleh for the
W hat a great way to follow Canada’s Food Guide – whole grains and
vegetables in one tasty dish!
B obbie Bread attends the Active and Safe Routes to
School celebration. Bobbie makes sure to wake up
early to eat a healthy breakfast. Bobbie eats a bowl of
whole grain cereal with soy milk and an apple. Grain
products give Bobbie energy. After eating, Bobbie is
ready for a day of learning and physical activity.
A s Bobbie steps out the front door, a large group of
children walk by. They are carrying a poster that
looks just like a school bus. Bobbie catches up to the
children and learns that they belong to a “Walking
School Bus” program.
The walk begins at a set
location and as the children
walk to school, they stop
and pick up more children. Some parents walk with
the students. The children all say that they like being
a part of the group because they can be physically
active in the morning. Bobbie knows that walking is
good for the body and that children all over the world
walk to school. Bobbie decides to join the walking
group as a way to be active every day!
I t is lunch time when Matty Milk arrives at the
Let’s Eat Lunch school celebration. Matty sees that
some students are eating fast foods like French fries
and milkshakes. A few students even have chips,
cookies and pop as their entire lunch!
M atty talks to the principal who agrees that
students need to eat healthier. The principal
calls the school’s Public Health Nurse for help.
Together, they come up with a plan.
F irst, they ask the teachers to talk to their
students about Canada’s Food Guide and
examples of healthy lunches.
Then they remind parents that
a healthy lunch should have at least three of the four food
groups in it. Next, they announce a contest: students who
bring a healthy lunch will get a point for their class. The
class with the most points by the end of each month will
get an extra gym class. The students are very excited!
F inally, the nurse teaches students to “rethink what you
drink.” The students learn that a can of cola has 10
teaspoons of sugar in it. The students
decide that from now on, they will drink water and low fat
milk more often!
W hen Pat arrives at the Perfect Playgrounds school
celebration, it is recess time. Students are playing
games in small groups on the playground. Each group is
led by one or two students who are called P.A.L.S.
P at learns that P.A.L.S. stands for “Playground Activity
Leaders in Schools.” Grade four to six students are
trained to be leaders and teach playground games to
younger students. The P.A.L.S.
tell Pat that being leaders allows
them to be more responsible
while helping younger kids be
T he P.A.L.S. want Pat to teach
them a new game. Pat teaches them the game “Eagle
Catches the Chicks,” from the Race Around the World in
East Asia. The students are excited to try this new game
and off they go to play. Soon after, the students are all
laughing and having a lot of fun!
S oon, the recess bell rings. The P.A.L.S. ask Pat to meet them at the
community centre after school to teach them more fun games from
around the world. Pat is excited to share all the experiences of the trip with
these new friends.
Here’s a tasty wrap that includes
food from every food group.
It’s a great school lunch idea.
• a cheese grater
• a tablespoon measure
• a butter knife
STOP • plastic wrap
1 6’’ whole wheat tortilla 1
Safety alert: Get 2 tbsp hummus 30 mL
help from an adult
when grating. 1 small carrot, grated 1
2 tbsp cheddar cheese, grated* 30 mL
1 lettuce leaf 1
1. Spread hummus on the tortilla. Leave a little room at the edge of
the tortilla with no hummus.
2. Sprinkle the grated carrot and cheese on top of the hummus.
3. Add the lettuce on top of the other fillings.
4. Fold the bottom of the tortilla up, the top of the tortilla down and roll the tortilla closed.
5. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
6. Before leaving for school, add the wrap to your lunch bag. Enjoy!
Makes 1 serving *Choose cheese with
20% Milk Fat or less
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answers to more of your burning questions!
Q: Why are bananas never lonely?
A: Because they Hopscotch is a
hang around in popular playground
bunches! game in Toronto
schools. It is also one of the oldest and
Khasthurri K., Age 12 most popular children’s games. Hopscotch
Q: Why did John go out began in ancient Britain during the early
with a prune? Roman Empire. The original hopscotch
A: Because he couldn’t courts were over 30 metres (100 feet)
find a date! long! They were used for training Roman
soldiers. Roman children copied the soldiers
Monique M., Age 8
by drawing their
Q: What vegetable grows own boards and
on the sun? creating a scoring
A: A hot pepper! system. Today,
Rachel L., Age 11 children around
the world enjoy
hundreds of different
forms of hopscotch.
Almost half of the people
who live in Toronto were
born outside Canada.
Over 100 languages and
dialects are spoken. So
it’s no surprise that in
Toronto schools, students
bring all kinds of foods
for lunch, including
Richard K., 11
iya K., salads, pastas, noodles,
quesadillas, chili, curries,
dumplings, roti, sushi, stews,
Sahar A Arhum C., 9
Dear Munch Bunch, Dear Munch Bunch,
Why is it important to get at least 20 Me and my friend are holding a
minutes of Daily Physical Activity during big birthday bash and we want
school hours? to make healthy treats. What
Your friend, should we make that is healthy
Aili L., Age 12 and will everyone like the treats?
Dear Aili, Your friend,
Canada’s Physical Activity Guide recommends 60–90 Harnoor G., Age 9
minutes of physical activity a day for children. Dear Harnoor,
Having 20 minutes of physical activity a day We are happy to hear that you
during school hours makes it a lot easier for want to serve healthy food at
you to reach the goal of 60–90 minutes your birthday party. You’re a
each day. Have fun being active! great role model for healthy
Your Pals, eating! Here are some ideas that
The Munch Bunch we think your friends will love:
Dear Munch Bunch, • whole wheat pita crisps with hummus
At school they do a snack program. They • veggie sticks with guacamole
give us dip, carrots and other things. Are • mini turkey or chicken burgers with
they good for you? tomato salsa
Your friend, • fresh fruit kabobs with vanilla yogurt
Tianah G., Age 9 dip
Dear Tianah, Your Pals,
School breakfast, snack and lunch programs The Munch Bunch
are a great way for schools to help students
eat healthy. These food programs usually follow
Canada’s Food Guide. Snack programs usually
offer one serving of vegetables or fruit, plus a
serving from one other food group, like a grain B
c/o Tor unch Headq
product. Breakfast and lunch programs will have at 1530 M
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least three different food groups. Enjoy the snacks! Toronto
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Your Pals, Fax: 4
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