Nutrition North Canada – Nutrition Education Program

Nutrition North Canada – Nutrition Education Program


The smell of a home cooked
meal wafts through the air of this bustling room filled with new mothers trying out a new recipe. At the same time they’re learning more about how to incorporate nutritious foods into their family’s daily diet. Jennifer Wakegijig is a nutritionist and has been living and working in the North for several years. She says she’s noticing a gradual shift in lifestyle. People who are used to eating traditional country food and used to living on the land, there has been a huge transition to people living more in urban places and the whole food supply has changed. So sometimes people are looking
at the shelves at foods that are not very familiar or
they may not have knowledge or skills about how to choose
the best nutritious foods and how to prepare them. Today these women are cooking
tomato macaroni casserole. Their workshop covers everything
from buying to cooking and finally serving meals to their
families, important life skills that will be handed down
through generations. The reality is that people
eat both store bought and traditional foods so its really
knowing well how to choose from the range of choices in the
store and how to bring that together in a day eating
traditional food and store bought food. Nutrition education as part of
Nutrition North Canada aims to: Increase knowledge of
healthy eating, improve skills in choosing and
preparing healthy store bought and country or traditional
foods. Nutrition North Canada nutrition
education total funding is $2.9 million each year
for fully eligible First Nations and Inuit communities. This class is all part of a new
initiative supporting Nutrition North Canada bringing
healthy, fresh and frozen foods to isolated northern
communities. Because making the food
accessible is one thing… but its equally as important to
learn how to be creative with the store bought and country
food available and prepare a variety of healthy meals
for you and your family. Nutrition North Canada replaces
the Food Mail Program. For more information about
which foods are eligible, your community subsidy rate
and related health promotion programs log onto nutritionnorthcanada.gc.ca.

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