BOZEMAN — Individuals across Montana are invited to participate in Montana Crunch Time, a celebration of local food and National Farm to School Month, set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24.

Montana Crunch Time encourages people to eat locally and regionally grown apples at a predetermined date and time. The event is designed to encourage healthy eating habits and support local food-based initiatives throughout the state, according to Aubree Roth, Farm to School coordinator at the Montana Team Nutrition program based at Montana State University. It is also intended to help people learn through healthy food and nutrition choices.

Last year, more than 35,000 children and adults across the state participated in Montana Crunch Time, Roth said, up from 11,000 participants in 2013. The event is hosted by Montana Team Nutrition at MSU in collaboration with several partners.

This year, several states throughout the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains regions, including Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, are competing to see which state has the highest level of participation. The state with the most logged apple crunches, per capita, will win.

Individuals who crunch an apple at the designated time are encouraged to register their participation at montana.edu/mtfarmtoschool/mt-crunch-time.html. More information is available at the same website.

-By MSU News Service -