How you can preventfood wasteImagine saving almost 50 per cent on yourgrocery bill this year. Sounds too good to betrue, right?
Well, consider this: Canadian householdsthrow out about 47 per cent of all the food thecountry produces, says Agriculture andAgri-Food Canada’s report on food loss. And asa country, it racks up to $31 billion; enough tobuy almost every house in Grande Prairie. You can reduce food waste(and make grocery spending go further) by:
• Planning meals
• Buying less food more often. If you can, buy only what you needfor the next day
• Eating leftovers or freezing for the future; you can safely storeleftovers in the fridge for three days and heat up once
• Using foods and condiments before they spoil
• Shopping on a full stomach; you’re less likely to buy on impulse(and later toss) that wheel of cheese.
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Healthy eating is helping patients with lung diseases at the RoyalAlexandra Hospital’s pulmonary unit heal faster. Nurses admittingpatients use the Canadian Malnutrition Screening Tool—two simplequestions—to learn if patients are malnourished and need a dietitian’shelp.
“We see many malnourished people,” says Michelle Booth, a
registered dietitian. “It takes a lot of energy to breathe, and it burns a
lot of calories.” As part of the More-2-Eat study, Booth and other unit
dietitians tailor nutrition plans to patients’ needs and to help them feel
better, gain weight and muscle mass, fight disease and lower their risk
Patients and families also get advice about getting and preparing
nutritious food once they leave the hospital.
Healthy eating is essential for good health.
Because, as the Greek philosopher Hippocrates once said, “Letfood be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
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The federal government is planningchanges to stop marketing andadvertising of foods that are high incalories, sugar and fat to kids.
“We know advertisements influencewhat kids want to eat and what theychoose to eat,” says Rachel Prowse, aregistered dietitian with the University ofAlberta.
The proposed legislation could makemarketers’ messages more consistentwith healthy eating recommendationsand prevent confusion about whathealthy food actually is, says Prowse.
Banning advertising for rainbow-exploding cookies and candy thatmakes eyes twirl could turn moreattention to nutritious foods such asmilk, fruits and vegetables—which makeeyes twinkle with wellbeing.
The legislation is part of Canada’sHealthy Eating Strategy to helpCanadians eat healthier and is similar tolegislation already in Quebec.
Visit stopmarketingtokids.ca to learnmore.