Have a nutrition question?
Find answers at www.healthyeatingstartshere.ca.
Eating should be a fun and pleasurable experience but it can also be a source of frustration and confusion. It’s hard enough trying to figure out what to eat for you and your family, but when you add co-workers, students or health conditions (such as allergies), it can be even more challenging.
March is Nutrition Month! This year the Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) theme is Find Answers at www.healthyeatingstartshere.ca. The “Healthy Eating at School” icon is specific to school environments, but all six icons have great information applicable school settings.
The Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research – 2015 Tracking Nutrition Trends survey found that almost half (49%) of Canadians get their food and nutrition information from the Internet, social media or blogs. Our Moving and Choosing site: www.movingandchoosing.com, as well as the AHS site: www.healthyeatingstartshere.ca provide reliable, evidence-based information.
Other credible websites you can trust include:
www.dietitians.ca (Dietitians of Canada)
http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/index-eng.php (Health Canada)
How can you tell if other online nutrition information is reliable? If you see any of the following “red flags,” the information may not be accurate.
If an information source has any of the following, it could be a sign the source and information contains untrue or misleading information:
- It includes promises of a ‘quick fix’ or ‘miracle cure’ (if it sounds too good to be true it usually is!);
- Ideas presented are based solely on one study;
- The primary purpose for sharing is to sell a product or service; or
- It tries to portray personal testimonials or success stories as scientific facts
Looking for more nutrition information for your classroom? Attend the Healthy Eating in the Classroom session being offered at the Southeastern Alberta Teacher’s Convention at the end of Feb. The session is led by dietitians who will walk you through how to use many of the resources and tools available at www.healthyeatingstartshere.ca. Register for the session or check out the nutrition page to find the answers you need.
Happy Nutrition Month!