You probably heard by
now that there is a new Food Guide. Maybe you took a peek online at its new
look (Canada.ca/FoodGuide) and
wondered what to say to your students or what those changes really are.
Just looking at the
plate, you will see some familiar messages – like filling half of your plate
No surprise, eating vegetables is good for you because they have lots of fibre,
vitamins, and minerals. Eating a variety of vegetables and fruit everyday can
reduce the risk of heart disease. Choosing fresh, frozen, or canned can all be
great choices; just choose ones without added salt or sugar.
With the arrival of winter comes an entire month devoted to the hardest working muscle in our bodies – the heart. February was heart health month, but it’s important to continue to talk about what we can do to make sure we keep our heart in tiptop shape. The heart works hard to pump blood to all parts of the body 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
happens when we don’t have good heart health? And why is it important for ESL
educators to know about this?
In my practice as a Registered Dietitian at Toronto Public Health, I have heard many newcomers tell me that they get overwhelmed by the huge number of choices at the grocery store. Think about the last time you went down the cereal aisle. How many different cereals were there? What are the factors you considered in making your choice? Did you read the fine print? Was it just based on the price tag? Or did the cartoon characters or other pictures convince you (or your child) to pick them?
Helping your learners interpret the fine print on nutrition labels can make Continue reading →
As a dietitian with Toronto Public Health’s Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention program for the past 11 years, I have had many years of experience bringing healthy eating messages to newcomers. In my experience, what influences my audience isn’t dazzling them with details about the science of nutrition, it’s helping them to understand how to make healthier choices delicious, easy and practical.
Healthy eating is one of those topics that can be complicated to communicate. Often people get caught in the details, like the whole butter vs. margarine debate. Continue reading →