Happy Nutrition Month - Expand Your Knowledge & Improve Your Health!
As we recognize the co-relations between our food habits and our diseases, as a society we are waking to concepts of simplified, locally grown healthy eating. We are moving away from fad diets and into conscious mindful eating habits. This means we are hearing phrases like local foraging, eating clean and whole foods meals. We are encouraged to increase our plant protein and eat closer to home. Words like microbiome and fermentation are coming up in conversation. We are beginning to realize we can improve our health and wellbeing by taking responsibility and becoming conscious about what we eat.
Where does that leave me as a kid from the 80’s? It leaves me with a choice. To expand my knowledge and improve my food choices or stay stuck in the past. I choose to move forward and expand my knowledge base! Thankfully living in Thunder Bay, I have access to so many great resources that make that choice accessible.
As a community we have a vast array of great resources available for us providing good food, learning opportunities and hands on skill building. Here are just a few of the amazing resources we have in Thunder Bay or at your fingertips:
- “Thunder Bay Food Strategy” (tbfoodstrategy.ca) is a great website to check out what is happening in the food world in our city. You can find out where to shop, eat, learn and volunteer in our community with a locally sustainable conscience.
- If you are interested in learning more about local foraging, check out the online “Northern Forest Foraging Guide” by Ontario Nature, or join a local workshop on foraging.
- Support local growers and food producers by going to the local farmer’s markets. If you are looking for fresh local food delivered to your door, check out “Superior Seasons Food Market” and order online.
At the NorWest Community Health Centres, we are pleased to offer the following programs that can support you with nutrition goals and skills:
- Eat Smart Program
- Living with Diabetes Program
- Community Kitchen for people living with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- Good Food Box host site with food samples during box pickup
- Community Health Workers who can assist with information and referral
- The community garden
- Gleaning programs in the summer
The Dietitians of Canada have produced a series of fact sheets and recipes cards for the March 2017 Nutrition Month campaign. If you are looking for an online source of recipes to suit your mood or occasion, Cookspiration is an excellent online resource developed by the Dietitians of Canada. Cookspiration is also available as an app for your iPhone.
From my life experience and my role as a Community Nutrition Worker I have learned we can only do the best we can with the knowledge we have; so let’s stay curious, expand our knowledge and improve our health and wellbeing. Here’s to a great nutrition month.
Article by: Liisa Hymander, Community Nutrition Worker at NorWest Community Health Centres.
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