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Entry for October 31, 2006

Man hands out healthy eating tips to trick-or-treaters
Last Updated: Tuesday, October 31, 2006 | 4:04 PM ET
CBC News

Against the advice of his trick-fearing friends, Robert Zyluk will be dropping an unexpected treat into the sacks of young revellers tonight in a bid to curb the growing childhood obesity epidemic.

Zyluk, who lives in Winnipeg, has self-published a 24-page Produce Passport that offers healthy eating tips and provides a space for children to collect stickers taken from fruits and vegetables.

“My friends have told me that tonight I’m going to be handing out the produce passport and tomorrow I’m going to be cleaning up all the eggs on my house,” Zyluk told CBC News.

“I try to explain to them that the real strength of the produce passport is about collecting.”

The pamphlet, which is also sold online, showcases 21 different fruits and vegetables. Zyluk said it offers children a fun and interactive way of improving their eating habits.

Zyluk cited growing obesity rates as his inspiration for the pamphlet. Two out of every three adults in Canada are overweight or obese while the proportion of overweight children has nearly tripled in the past 25 years, Statistics Canada reports.

“We don’t want to do any browbeating,” he said.

“[Trick-or-treaters] are going to get lots of candy tonight. I just want to [give them] balance, give them something that will help them change their lifestyle and help them down the road.”


November 2, 2006 - Posted by | Health | ,

1 Comment »

  1. healthy eating should be our top priority since there are many junk foods and foods with no nutritional value these days…

    Comment by Jaminet14624 | November 16, 2010 | Reply

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