Health Minister Tony Clement launches National Nutrition Month(R) 2007



    OTTAWA, March 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Health Minister Tony Clement today joined
Dietitians of Canada to launch National Nutrition Month(R) 2007, an initiative
of Dietitians of Canada which occurs every March and is designed to raise
public awareness on the valuable contribution that healthy eating makes to the
overall health of Canadians.
    "We know that increasing demands are being placed on our ability to
balance our time between our jobs and our families. That is why Canada's New
Government is so pleased to be distributing the New Food Guide," said Minister
of Health Tony Clement. "Dietitians should be congratulated for their efforts
in helping Canadians make healthier food choices that will impact their
overall health."
    Dietitians of Canada has selected "Cook it up Healthy" as this year's
National Nutrition Month(R) theme. The campaign focuses on helping Canadians
to realize the pleasures and benefits of home cooked, healthy meals prepared
and eaten with the family. To bring the theme to life, Dietitians of Canada
has created its fifth cookbook entitled Simply Great Food.
    "Canadians want to eat healthy but are looking for quick and easy meal
solutions," said Mary Sue Waisman, MSc, RD. "Dietitians of Canada's latest
cookbook contains 250 recipes that are nutritionally balanced and simply
delicious, while offering food solutions to help family "cooks" manage their
time in the kitchen." Ms. Waisman co-authored the cookbook along with
nutrition consultant Patricia Chuey, MSc, RD and award-winning Chef Eileen
Campbell.
    "Simply Great Food also offers valuable information about the essentials
of great nutrition in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand manner," added
Ms. Waisman. "Within its pages we provide a wealth of information on eating
well but also on how to make sense of food labels, what nutrition claims
really mean and how to prepare and store food safely."
    Dietitians of Canada offers a number of resources with practical food
solutions to help consumers make healthier food choices. At
www.dietitians.ca/eatwell, individuals can assess their food choices, based on
the revised Canada Food Guide, through the interactive tool EATracker. It
provides personalized feedback on the total intake of energy and essential
nutrients and compares this to what is recommended for age, gender and
activity level. Consumers can create a one-day menu with Let's Make a Meal!
and analyze their favourite recipes with the Recipe Analyzer.
    Dietitians of Canada represents and supports over 5,500 dietitians across
Canada. For further information on nutrition and healthy eating, visit
Dietitians of Canada award-winning website at www.dietitians.ca. Dietitians of
Canada's National Nutrition Month(R) campaigns have been providing leadership
and promoting health and well-being through expertise in food and nutrition
for the past 26 years.
    To find a Registered Dietitian, Canadians can use the Find a Nutrition
Professional service at www.dietitians.ca/find, ask their doctor for a
referral to a dietitian, call their local public health department, hospital
or community health centre, access the Dietitians of Canada Consulting
Dietitians Network toll free at 1-888-901-7776, or look in the Yellow Pages
under "Dietitians".
    Every year, Dietitians of Canada partners with the food industry to bring
National Nutrition Month(R) messages to Canadians. This year's sponsors are:
Eurest - Chartwells - Morrison members of Compass Group Canada, Dairy Farmers
of Canada and General Mills Canada Corporation.




For further information:

For further information: on Dietitians of Canada's National Nutrition
Month(R) 2007: Mary Sue Waisman, MSc, RD, Dietitians of Canada, (902)
576-2689, mswaisman@yahoo.com; Caroline Dubeau, MSc, RD, Dietitians of Canada,
(905) 787-0426, cdubeau@dietitians.ca; www.dietitians.ca/eatwell; For all
media inquiries, please contact our public relations agency: Ann Viau, ARC and
CO., (613) 851-1656, viau@arcandco.com; Helene Ouellet, ARC and CO., (613)
850-5062, ouellet@arcandco.com

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