By Heather Lang, PDt
New program, website provides nutrition information, promotes local foods, provides healthy eating tips
It may not look like spring outside your window, but it’s officially here. With its arrival — and hopefully warmer weather — the Community Health Boards of the Colchester East Hants Health Authority (CEHHA) are officially launching All Stirred Up: A Nova Scotia Hodgepodge of Good Food Facts.
All Stirred Up is a project funded by the Community Health Boards of the CEHHA. It’s led by professional dietitian Heather Lang in partnership with the Truro and Area Dietitians Network and the Nutritionists with Public Health Services at CEHH Authority.
The goal of All Stirred Up is to provide consistent and reliable food and nutrition information to the communities of Colchester and East Hants while promoting local foods and how to access them. Please check the website at www.allstirredup.ca for information on healthy eating, seasonal buying, nutrition related community resources, events and more. You can also find All Stirred Up on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation about healthy local foods.
Also, watch for monthly articles in your local community newspaper featuring seasonal products and highlighting local producers.
If you have any questions or comments, forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since the Easter Bunny is on the way this April, here are a few hints for a healthier Easter weekend. It’s easy to get caught up in aisles filled with chocolate eggs, bunnies, lollipops, marshmallow chicks and every other treat imaginable. To keep Easter from simply being one big sugar high:
• Easter Egg Hunts: rather than having simply chocolate or candy eggs, use plastic eggs and fill them with small toys, tattoos, puzzles, etc. If the weather is nice, take the hunt outside for an extra challenge and exercise.
• Easter Dinner: make sure there are lots of low fat vegetable side dishes to choose from. Fill half your plate with vegetables, a quarter with starch and a quarter with protein (ham, turkey, etc.).
• Easter Fun: Plan an Easter walk or outdoor game the entire family can take part in.
• Easter Baking: rather than purchasing Easter treats from a big box store, bake your own or go visit a local bakery. The treats will not only taste better, but will have healthier ingredients. Tip: when baking or purchasing baked goods stay away from any that use shortening for fat as shortening contains trans fats.
• Treats: Easter wouldn’t be Easter without a treat and if you ask your friend and family they can usually tell you their favorite treat, whether it’s a chocolate bunny, Easter eggs or their favorite sugar cookies. Purchase or make the favorites and include these treats in the Easter basket, egg hunt or Easter dessert rather than buying baskets and baskets of unnecessary junk food.
• Go Online: The Internet is a great place to go to find healthy ideas for any holiday and might help spark your creativity.