For Immediate Release May 13, 2008
“Residents Commit to Lifelong Healthy Eating”
Residents, businesses and schools in Prairie North Health Region commit to life-long healthy eating.
Canada’s nationally proclaimed nutrition month campaign highlights nutrition as a key component of health and promotes Registered Dietitians as the most credible sources of nutrition information. This year’s theme Spotlight on Food and Nutrition encouraged Canadians to keep healthy food choices in mind; support family members to achieve and maintain healthy weights; give their portions a makeover; colour their world with vegetables and fruit; and make meal time a family affair.
Jennifer Miller, Public Health Nutritionist with Prairie North Health Region, says “Healthy eating needs to be something you think of every day. Not just during Nutrition Month.”
Nutrition month contest entrants shared their plans for keeping healthy eating in mind. Some of the ideas shared were:
· Promoting breakfast and avoiding comments about dieting,
· Starting a kids after school cooking group,
· Working with the Public Health Nutritionist to replace hotdog days with the Salad Bars in Schools program,
· Using the nutrition month displays and newsletter articles sent by the Public Health Nutritionist,
· Start a school milk program,
· Revising the school snack program to include fresh vegetables and fruit,
· Creating school guidelines that promote healthy foods at special events.
Everyone that makes a commitment to life-long healthy eating is a winner but the prize winners were the staff and students of
Elementary School, and the girls in Ms. Ramsey’s grade eight health class at
High School. Each of the winners received a Fresh Food Box from Midwest Food Resource Project. The Fresh Food Box will help them continue to focus on healthy food choices because it contains fresh vegetables, fruit and whole grains.
Ms. Ramsey's Grade Eight Health Class at cut Knife High School
For more information contact:
Communications Officer, PNHR