McGuinty Government Promotes Healthy Eating At School
TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ -
Goodbye burgers and chips, hello couscous and grilled chicken.
Students at Loyalist Collegiate Vocational Institute and three other
Ontario high schools will don chef hats and prepare healthy meals this fall.
Ontario is teaming up with celebrity chef David Rocco
(http://www.davidrocco.com/index.asp) to promote healthy eating and to share
recipes using fresh, locally grown ingredients.
Healthy eating habits help students succeed. According to the Journal of
School Health, students who ate healthy - and reduced their fat intake -
performed better at school.
The McGuinty government is launching this pilot project at four schools
in Brampton, Kingston, North Bay and Guelph. Since 2003, Ontario has taken
several steps to fuel student success through healthier food choices. Dropping
trans fat (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschools/healthier.html) from
lunchroom menus, school vending machines and tuck shops where food is sold is
just one example.
Real Food for Real Kids and Foodland Ontario
(http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca/) are partners in this pilot project. Real Food
for Real Kids will use their expertise to prepare healthy recipes schools can
use. Foodland Ontario will review the recipes and work with schools to
identify fresh, locally-grown foods
The participating schools offer the new Specialist High Skills Major
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/morestudentsuccess/SHSM.html) in Hospitality and
"Schools are excellent places to teach our children about the importance
of selecting, preparing, and eating healthy foods. When good eating habits are
instilled at a young age and put into daily practice, many children grow up to
be healthier adults with better eating habits," said Health Promotion Minister
Margarett Best (http://www.mhp.gov.on.ca/english/margarettbest.asp).
"We can all benefit from learning how to cook healthy meals with fresh,
local ingredients," said John Gerretsen, MPP for Kingston and The Islands.
"Today's event is a great opportunity for students in our community to learn
from a well-known chef who has lots of hands-on experience."
"To get kids to eat healthy we need to get them excited about cooking -
they will want to eat what they have made - and that is a life skill as
important as math and science," said David Rocco.
- Schools with healthier menus saw a 50 per cent drop in new cases of
overweight students within two years.
- There are more than 115 farmers' markets in Ontario.
Get healthy eating tips (http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/default.aspx)
and recipes (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschools/recipes.html).
Learn what Ontario fruits and vegetables are now in season
Find out how you can help your school become even healthier
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For further information:
For further information: Lise Jolicoeur, Minister's Office, (416)
326-8497; Julie Rosenberg, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4833