March is Nutrition Month.


March is Nutrition Month. Let’s Take the Fight Out of Food

This Month, dietitians across Canada will ease the frustrations and close this knowledge gap by teaching Canadians how to overcome their food fights with a simple three-step approach – spot the problem, get the facts and seek support.

With accurate information and a good support system, Canadians will be better equipped to make decisions about food, without the fight.

Eat Right Ontario and HealthLink BC revealed that Canadians struggle with five common ‘food fights’, including:

  • Food Fads: How do I know which nutrition information to trust?
  • Digestive Woes: What’s causing all this gas?
  • Picky Eating: Why is family mealtime such mayhem?
  • Eating and Stress: Why do I always turn to food when I’m stressed?
  • Managing a Condition (e.g. diabetes): How can I manage my diabetes?

Join Canadians this Nutrition Month and pledge to Take the Fight out of Food at www.NutritionMonth2017.ca.  You can also find tips, recipes and ideas to win your food fight as well as more information about how you can get involved in Nutrition Month 2017 and download the Dietitians of Canada’s free recipe app Cookspiration.

Take the fight out of food! Spot the problem. Get the facts. Seek supports. To learn more,visit: www.dietitians.ca.

Be the Change, take the challenge! Be a Snacktivist!

Children learn about healthy eating at a young age and need a supportive environment, both at home and in the community. Proper nutrition is essential for the health and performance of athletes. Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington in partnership with City of Burlington is promoting the importance of healthy sideline snacks.

Healthy Kids Burlington will be working with local sports teams in Burlington and to encourage a culture change in sport leaders, coaches, guardians, and parents to provide only healthy option during practices or games.

Learn how you can be a role model and make a change. Read more about the challenge: healthykidsburlon.ca/snacktivist

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington encourages local businesses to become a free water bottle refill location

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington encourages local businesses to become a free water bottle refill location

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington is encouraging local businesses to become free water bottle refill locations in the community. Organizations can register at www.bluew.org or www.healthykidsburlon.ca.

Residents can locate free water bottle refill locations in the city by looking for the blueW decal on the doors and windows of businesses or by visiting www.blueW.org.

Burlington is one of 45 communities selected to take part in the Province of Ontario’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge program, created to support healthy and active lifestyles in children zero to 12 years old. Encouraging healthy lifestyles is included in the A Healthy and Greener City direction from the City of Burlington’s 25-year Strategic Plan.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care launches a new theme related to physical activity or healthy eating about every nine months and Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington works together with local organizations to develop programs, policies and initiatives that promote and enable healthy behaviours. The current Healthy Kids Community Challenge theme, Water Does Wonders, is all about encouraging children and families to drink water as a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages.

Sports Day Celebration and Healthy Sideline Snacks

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 was Sports Day in Canada. In Burlington, we celebrated the day by joining together with many different sporting groups at Haber Recreation Centre where community memebers could participate in a variety of  “Try It” sessions including; wrestling, pickleball, soccer, lacrosse, badminton, gymnastics, cricket and many more.

sportsday-nov-19

Healthy Kids has been working with local sports groups to promote and educate about healthy snack choices and reducing sugar-sweetened beverages. Our main message: children should be rehydrating with water and refuelling with fruit and low sugar snacks.

For this event, Healthy Kids partnered with the Hayden H.S. grade 12 Nutrition and Health classes to create healthy sideline snack recipes. The students came up with five delicious, low sugar muffins that could easily be pre-made and frozen for snacks. Check out these recipes below, which all had nothing but rave reviews! Thank you to Susan Hammond and her classes for partnering with us for this event.

Remember – when it comes to thirst choose water first!

 

 

 

The Great Big Crunch

The Great Big Crunch

On Oct. 13, 2016, Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington in partnership with Halton Food for Thought launched the Great Big Crunch. The Great Big Crunch is celebrating healthy eating through the eyes of an apple. 69 public and catholic schools in Burlington participated in this event and over 36,000 apples were “crunched.”

Students, teachers, educators and all food enthusiasts participated in one Great Big “synchronized” Crunch to celebrate healthy eating and highlight the availability of local foods.

For more information about the Great Big Crunch, visit the Halton Food for Thought website.

 

 

Resources:

Big Crunch School Letter

 

Launch of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge second theme – Water Does Wonders!

Launch of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge second theme – Water Does Wonders!

The Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington is inviting residents to a community workshop to share ideas on how to encourage children and families to drink water as a healthy alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages. The event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mountainside Recreation Centre.

“Having a city that is healthy and green is one of the four key objectives in Burlington’s 25 year strategic plan,” said Mayor Rick Goldring. “We want to help motivate kids to drink water when they are thirsty and make choices that will lead to good health.”

Ideas generated from the community brainstorming event will be used to support the second theme of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Water Does Wonders. Burlington is one of 45 communities selected to take part in the Province of Ontario’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge program, created to support healthy and active lifestyles in children zero to 12 years old.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care will launch a new theme related to physical activity or healthy eating about every nine months and Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington will work together with local organizations to develop programs, policies and initiatives that promote and enable healthy behaviours.

“Children need a lot of water to stay hydrated and healthy,” said Jennifer Spence, the co-project lead for Healthy Kids Community Challenge Burlington. “Water makes up more than half of a child’s weight, and a steady supply is necessary to keep bodies working properly.”

For more information about the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, visit Ontario’s Healthy Kids Strategy plan.

Neighbourhood Action Team Meetings – March

Get Involved – Join a Neighbourhood Action Team Today!

Neighbourhood Action Teams work with us to develop and shape the changes needed in your neighbourhood to create healthy active behaviours for all kids in Burlington.

Healthy Kids Burlington

Joining a conversation is a great way to get involved and to ensure families and community organizations are guiding the development of the action plans; to learn about your neighbourhood; and to have an impact on getting Burlington’s kids moving and eating well.

The next Neighbourhood Action Team Chats are:

  • Tues. March 22, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 2458 Saint Frances Dr. * Rural residents encouraged to attend!  
  • Wed. March 23, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Appleby Ice Centre,  1201 Appleby Line 
  • Tues. March 29, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Alton Branch, Burlington Public Library, 3040 Tim Dobbie Dr.
  • Wed. March 30, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Aldershot HUB, 261 Plains Rd E
  • Thurs. March 31, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. St. Christopher’s Church, 662 Guelph Line

For more information or to RSVP please contact Rishia Burke at rburke@cdhalton.ca or 905-632-1975. Child care is available at each meeting. Let us know when you RSVP if you plan to bring your children along.

View Neighbourhood Action Team meetings detail.