Much to our dismay, tomorrow marks the first day of winter. Although our instincts encourage us to hunker down for hibernation (extra winter weight and all), what better way to keep energy levels high than to swear off junk food for a month? Even better when you can do it for a good cause.
Junk Free June is winter indulgence's angelic counterpart. The organisation is a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Cancer Society of New Zealand, which encourages participants to load up on fruit and veggies in lieu of junk for the entire month of June.
Junk Free June's aim is to build a healthy community, while also raising funds for the Cancer Society of NZ. Participants choose which foods they will cut out and can invite family and friends to pledge funds.
See why some of Junk Free June's ambassadors are so passionate about the initiative:
Who: An acclaimed writer, actor and artist, known for What We Do In The Shadows, Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Why: His mother was diagnosed with cancer when he was 12. Thankfully, she won her battle but Taika is quick to acknowledge the importance of the Cancer Society of New Zealand.
What: Taika aims to ditch general junk for the month of June.
Super excited to be jumping on board @JunkFreeJune again this year. For me, i'm using it as a reboot on overall health. So.ditching the junk, eating whole and healthy, working out, drinking lots of water, dry brushing, meditating, all the things I know I want to do but life gets in the way and those good intentions slip through . If doing something as easy as taking care of ourselves, puts the spotlight on health and helps the Cancer Society continue the great work they do, then I say let's do it. Are you in?? It's not too late to register, head to junkfreejune.org ✊#junkfreejune #pumanz
Who: TV presenter, Remix Fashion Editor and blogger.
Why: Amber says, 'The Cancer Society does tremendous work raising valuable funds that get dedicated to vital cancer research and if we can help a little by making June Junk Free, then lets do it!'
What: Amber is ditching all of her favourite treats, including cake on her birthday!
Next month we're doing @junkfreejune ! I've decided to try and be as "junk free" as possible by producing as little rubbish as I can. Cotton shopping bags, glass water bottles, reusable coffee cups and food containers are all going to be my weapons! Any other ideas of how I can reduce rubbish please fire away! And if you want to take part you can sign up at junkfreejune.org #junkfreejune #pumanz
Who: Director of CleanPaleo. NZ Bachelor 1.0.
Why: He is passionate about health.
What: Art's approach is a little different. He already prescribes to a healthy lifestyle, so he is choosing to create as little junk as possible. 'I'm going to use no plastic water bottles and instead drink out of glass bottles,' he says. 'I'm going to use my keep cup instead of takeaway coffee cups, and I'm going to use reusable material shopping bags.'
Get involved here.