NewsCanada February'11
Celebrate food, from field to table with your kids

(NC)—March is Nutrition Month and getting your kids in the kitchen is a great way to participate in this year's theme – Celebrate Food, from Field to Table. When children are left out of meal preparation it is harder for them to gain an understanding and appreciation for our food, where it comes from, and how basic ingredients are put together to make a meal. It's never too late to get your kids in the kitchen to prepare fresh, nutritious food and to celebrate the making of a meal. Involving children in food preparation is also a great way to enhance their development. No matter their age, food preparation can be used to provide real life examples of lessons learned in school.

Feeding kids success

(NC)—Providing your children with a nutritious meal will give them the energy and focus they need to reach their full potential in the classroom. Help feed them success with this easy recipe from Breakfast for Learning national spokesperson Rose Reisman.

Teach your kids to love breakfast

(NC)—As many as nine out of 10 mothers agree that breakfast cereal “plays a role in setting the foundation for a long-term, healthy diet for their children” a recent survey by Kellogg reveals. Additional scientific research also shows that the essential nutrients missed at breakfast are not likely to be recovered at other meals during the day.

Cereal, in particular, is a “breakfast partner”, according to opinions in the Kellogg survey. Not only does it help to jump-start a child's nutritional intake, it is also a family meal that doesn't break the bank. Here are a few tips to make your breakfast time an important daily event:

The blue mussel winter harvest: A labour of love on ice

(NC)—While many of us like to enjoy a batch of steamed fresh blue mussels on a chilly winter evening, few of us know of the lengths that Atlantic Canadian mussel farmers go to in bringing them to market.

From the spring until fall, mussels are simply lifted out of the water by the farmers by pulling up the ropes that are suspended in the ocean. But in the winter it's not quite as straightforward.

Up until the time of the harvest, nature has done most of the work in growing the mussel. The farmer just puts out his mussel socks and lets nature do the rest. But someone has to harvest this shellfish, and that's a job for the hardiest of men and women.

Cereal can provide important nutrition

(NC)—According to a survey recently conducted by Kellogg, as many as nine out of 10 Canadian moms agree that breakfast cereal plays a role in setting the foundation for a long-term healthy diet for their children.

Nutritionists also tend to agree that eating breakfast can help start your child's day off right, and children's cereal can help keep the mornings simple. Not only will cereal help to jump-start your nutritional intake, it is also a meal the whole family will enjoy without breaking the bank.

Lunch bag makeover

(NC)—Are you bored with packing the same lunch for your family every day? Are your kids coming home with half eaten sandwiches and uneaten apples? This time of year many children are in need of a lunch bag makeover to give them the energy they need to get through the afternoon. Breakfast for Learning suggests following these three easy tips to brighten up your child's brown bag lunch.

1. Alter the shape. Whether it's cutting an orange into easy–to–eat bite–sized pieces, slicing up a mundane apple to mimic a beautiful fan or simply cutting a sandwich into three pieces instead of two, changing the appearance of your child's food will spark their interest and give them the enthusiasm they need to eat the nutritious lunch that you've packed.

Re–discovering nature's healing oils

(NC)—Much of modern medicine has come to us from traditional use of herbs, plants and other gifts of nature. Centuries of use are behind two potent oils –tea tree oil and oil of oregano–that have now received scientific recognition for their antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties.

What we commonly call germs, are actually a variety of living agents that cause disease or illness. They can include bacteria, viruses, protozoa, parasites and fungi. Tea tree oil and oil of oregano are two of your most powerful natural allies against such invaders.

Bad digestion responds to good bacteria

(NC)—Diarrhea, constipation and all manner of digestive discomfort may be relieved by consuming live bacteria! Sounds strange, but if you have ever eaten yogurt, you've eaten healthy bacteria known as probiotics. Pro means "for" and "bio" means life. Probiotics are live bacteria that support good health by counteracting the harmful bacteria that can cause illness and discomfort in your digestive tract and throughout your body.

Antibiotics are pharmaceutical preparations designed to kill destructive bacteria that can cause infections and illness. However, antibiotics can't select which bacteria they destroy and so they sometimes kill off the body's populations of good probiotic bacteria.

Mussel up your Valentine's Day plans

(NC)—Each February brings the pressure for the perfect date night for married and dating couples across the country. This Valentine's Day, instead of dining at the most chic restaurant in town, try treating your special someone to a night in, featuring a homemade meal that is as affordable as it is delicious and extravagant.

“We've all heard of chocolate and strawberries as romantic foods,” says Linda Duncan, executive director of the Mussel Industry Council, “but fresh blue cultured mussels are another excellent aphrodisiac –– one that's easy to prepare and fun to share and eat together with your date.”

Research supports herbal tea profile

(NC)—Today, many people are taking Floressence, a powerful tea because they are suffering from minor difficulties or major problems. The herbs in this formula, so synergistically powerful in cleansing and healing, are very common plants that grow all over North America. They have been studied extensively and have a wide range of therapeutic properties:

Burdock Root: Active ingredients include 45% inulin, essential oils, vitamins and a broad array of minerals. The Chinese consider burdock to be strengthening and nutritive, making it an excellent tonic. It is traditionally used to cleanse and detoxify. Burdock can help protect cells against several toxic chemicals.

Making the Right Food Choices

(NC)—Have you ever looked at food packages in the grocery store and felt confused about which package of crackers or container of yogurt is best for you? Keep reading and you'll find an easy way to shop for foods that are right for you and your family.

We know that healthy eating can contribute to long-term health. By choosing foods that are healthier and being physically active every day, you can help improve your overall health and that of your family.

Health Canada and Food & Consumer Products of Canada are working together on the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign to give you the information you need to make informed food choices.

Combatting colorectal cancer with technology

(NC)—Last year an estimated 9,100 Canadians died as a result of colorectal disease, making it the second–leading cause of cancer death in Canada. Despite this, colorectal cancer is a highly preventable and curable form of cancer. When detected early it can be easily treated, allowing patients to live a long and healthy life.

Now doctors are turning to electronic medical records (EMR) technology to help them spot diseases like colorectal cancer sooner. Using software like Nightingale On Demand, doctors no longer have to comb through thick medical files to find important patient information. Instead, everything they need to know is instantly available online, and in easy–to–read print–outs. - It's all about food in Canada!
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(NC)—As the warmer weather sets in, so does our appetite for lighter fare and an increased energy level. Spring clean your health regime by treating yourself to wholesome lunch options and an active new lifestyle to get yourself back on track for the summer months. Here are three ways to get you started.
1. Re–introduce activity: After months of using the “it's cold out” excuse for not getting your 45 minutes a day, it is time to get back into the swing of things. Using your lunch break in the middle of the day to enjoy a brisk walk is a great way to get moving again.


Enhance your health with freshly grown herbs
(NC)—Did you know that one tablespoon of fresh oregano contains the same amount of antioxidants as a medium sized apple?
We know that antioxidants in our bodies are essential to good health. Many fruits and vegetables provide them, but research shows that fresh oregano is at the top of the list in antioxidant activity. Adding fresh herbs to your diet is an easy way to include significant amounts of antioxidants and increase the health value of a meal without adding extra calories–and you can easily grow them right in your own backyard garden or in containers on your patio or balcony.


Pare down your portions to trim down your waistline
(NC)—We live in a world where “mega, super and grande” sizes have become the norm. Many people use these plus–sized portions to validate their binge–eating habits. Some use over–consumption as a way to comfort emotional distress, others take the “see food” diet approach and always finish what's on their plate.
Here are a few tips I like to follow to ensure I am eating the proper portions.