Fuel your active lifestyle with better eating habits

    New survey results show 85 per cent of Canadians say they need help

    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - A new Ipsos Reid/Dietitians of Canada survey(*)
reveals that although seven in 10 (68 per cent) Canadians say they have
changed their eating habits in the last year to improve their fitness level,
85 per cent of Canadians admit their eating habits could use "some
improvement." The survey was released in support of National Nutrition Month,
taking place in March, which is built around the theme, "Stay active. Eat like
a Champion."
    "Each March, Dietitians of Canada challenges Canadians to look at their
eating habits and make a change for the better during Nutrition Month," says
Thida Ith, registered dietitian and national spokesperson for Nutrition Month.
"The results of the new Ipsos Reid survey show that Canadians are getting the
message that healthy eating and physical activity go hand-in-hand. Still,
there is much work to be done and dietitians can help."
    Throughout the month of March, thousands of Registered Dietitians across
Canada will be showing Canadians how easy it is to make better food choices to
improve their fitness, including these top three tips:

    1.  Forget muscle building or weight loss supplements; fuel your active
        lifestyle with real food from Canada's Food Guide. Before exercise,
        fuel your body with a small meal that is mostly carbohydrate with
        some protein and a little fat. A good example is a peanut butter
        sandwich on whole grain bread with a banana and a glass of water.
    2.  Stay hydrated throughout the day; drink water before, during and
        after your workout. Water is not the only beverage, however, that
        provides hydration - beverages like milk, soy beverages, 100% juice
        and even tea and coffee all count. Many foods also provide some fluid
        especially juicy fruits like watermelon, oranges and grapes.
    3.  Realize that what and when you eat and drink can help you get the
        most from your workout. After a workout, food and fluids help your
        body recover. Try a handful of almonds, a glass of chocolate milk, a
        small bowl of whole grain cereal with milk or a whole grain pita with

    Canadians can get a head start on fuelling their bodies for their active
lifestyles on Dietitians of Canada's Nutrition Month website,
www.dietitians.ca/eatwell, where they will find a wealth of healthy eating
tips, practical food solutions, and educational tools including: EatTracker,
Let's Make a Meal and Recipe Analyzer. These interactive and personalized
tools allow you to track daily food and activity choices, test your nutrition
knowledge, plan menus, find recipes and more.
    The Nutrition Month website also features two new fact sheets - one
focuses on busting common myths about nutrition for active lifestyles and the
other presents a series of real life scenarios that gives practical nutrition
advice to help reap the benefits of physical activity.
    Dietitians of Canada has also created six 30-second Nutrition Month video
clips (three in English and three in French) entitled Let's go work out!, Fuel
your active lifestyle, and Where to get the best healthy eating advice. To
view the video clips, visit:

    About Dietitians of Canada

    Dietitians of Canada represents and supports nearly 6,000 dietitians
across Canada and has led the National Nutrition Month campaign for more than
28 years. Dietitians of Canada acknowledges its food industry partners who
help to bring National Nutrition Month messages to Canadians. This year's
sponsors are: Eurest-Chartwells-Morrison-ESS members of Compass Group Canada,
Dairy Farmers of Canada and General Mills Canada Corporation. For more
information, visit www.dietitians.ca/eatwell.
    Registered Dietitians provide trusted, evidence-based nutrition
information and can make tailored eating plans that best suit your active
lifestyle. To find a Registered Dietitian in your local area, including those
who specialize in sports nutrition, visit www.dietitians.ca/find or ask your
doctor for a referral.

    (*)These are the findings of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of
    Dietitians of Canada from December 9 to December 15, 2008. This online
    survey of 1,495 Canadians was conducted via the Ipsos I-Say Online Panel,
    Ipsos Reid's national online panel.

For further information:

For further information: For all media inquiries and to arrange an
interview with a Registered Dietitian, please contact: Laurie Weir, Trillium
Corporate Communications Inc., Ph: (416) 322-3030 ext. 239, Cell: (416)
277-2453, laurie@trilliumpr.com; For more information on Dietitians of
Canada's National Nutrition Month, please contact: Mary Sue Waisman, MSc, PDt,
Dietitians of Canada, Ph: (902) 576-5025, mswaisman@dietitians.ca

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