Oh what fun we had this year with the Apple-A-Day Giveaway. We chose city hall as the location and I sandwiched (or should I say hot-dogged) my flowered bicycle full of flowers in between an ice cream truck, chip truck and hot dog cart. The apples were taken with grace and thanks in a record time.
I loved that even the people with styro-foam trays of poutine, burgers and hot dogs still took the apples. One woman took the apple, after getting a giant ice cream cone and told me that now the apple made her feel guilty. I don't know- pretty sure it was the apple's doing.
The highlight for me (aside from the really hot Ontario Police Officer), was a 91 year-old man who stopped to chat. He told me that he ate a banana and half and apple everyday for breakfast. I asked him if that was his secret to being so healthy and vibrant. He said that was part of it- the other two keys for his sweet longevity was walking every day, great conversations and never taking any medications. Imagine that- 91 years old and not taking any pills. He proclaimed that the best part of being 91 were all the cute young women that help take care of him.
What I set out to do with this Apple-A-Day Giveaway three years ago when it started was to find out whether, with healthy options available, would people take them. The answer, this year, was a resounding yes, yes, yes!
Even saw some peeps I knew. And check out the guy below! Not the one I'm hugging, the one behind us. Yep- he has an apple tucked in there beside his fries and behind his burger. A little nutrition goes a long way.
Now- if apples are available at nearly every convenience store, grocery store, some gas stations and in back yards all over the city, why is it so much trouble to pack one in a bag and bring for lunch. It's not. Apples are wonderfully great foods, but the magic only works when we actually eat them.
Question Of The Day: What is your best common sense, easy peezy health tip or health practice?
And if you are new in the 'hood- here are year 1 and 2 of the Apple-A-Day Giveaway