McGuinty Government Encourages Kids To Get Active In The Kitchen During Nutrition Month

    Cooking Healthy Meals Together Is A Recipe For Fun

    OTTAWA, March 12 /CNW/ - Health Promotion Minister Jim Watson is
encouraging parents and caregivers to spend time in the kitchen preparing
healthy meals with their kids during March Break and throughout Nutrition
    "Nutrition Month is a great opportunity to involve children in both the
planning and preparation of healthy meals," said Watson. "It's important that
we encourage the development of healthy eating habits in our youngsters, so
they continue to make healthy choices as they get older."
    Minister Watson and Registered Dietitian Anne Lim prepared a healthy
lunch for clients at an Ontario Early Years Centre using a recipe from the new
Dietitians of Canada cookbook entitled Simply Great Food. "With more than 250
recipes that are nutritionally balanced and simply delicious, this book is a
great way to involve children, under supervision of course, in the preparation
of healthy meals that can be used for both dinners and lunches," said Anne
    BusyBodies, a new resource guide funded by the Ministry of Health
Promotion and produced by the Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) was also
unveiled at today's event.
    "Our new BusyBodies features a colourful series of cards with helpful
tips for parents and caregivers to support their efforts to encourage their
children to make healthy choices and be active everyday, said Mary Ellen
Prange, Registered Dietitian with the Nutrition Resource Centre. "In early
April both English and French versions will be available at all 103 Early
Years Centre locations throughout Ontario."
    To reach a variety of communities, the Nutrition Resources Centre has
adapted healthy eating guides in Chinese, Vietnamese and Punjabi that assist
families and caregivers to support healthy eating in the early years.
    The Ministry of Health Promotion was established to improve and deliver
programs that contribute to healthy living and wellness in this province. Key
priority areas include Ontario's Smoke-Free Strategy, healthy eating, active
living, sport and recreation, injury prevention and mental health promotion.

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For further information:

For further information: Adam Grachnik, Minister's Office, (416)
326-8497; Julie Rosenberg, Communications Branch, (416) 326-4833

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