Ontario Students Hit The Cookbooks

    McGuinty Government Promotes Healthy Eating At School

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ -


    Goodbye burgers and chips, hello couscous and grilled chicken.
    Students at four Ontario high schools will don chef hats and prepare
healthy meals this fall. The students will use fresh, locally grown
ingredients in meals based on celebrity chef David Rocco's
(http://www.davidrocco.com/index.asp) recipes.
    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 from lunchroom menus and banning junk food in elementary school
vending machines and tuck shops are two examples.
    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


    "Eating fresh, locally grown food is good for our students, our farmers
and our economy," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "To get kids to eat healthy we need to get them excited about cooking --
they'll want to eat what they've made -- and that's 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.
    -  87 per cent of shoppers prefer Ontario produce.
    -  Local foods are available at more than 1,250 grocers and more than 70
       restaurants across Ontario.


    Get healthy eating tips (http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/default.aspx)
and recipes (http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca/recipes.html).

    Read more about other government programs to encourage healthy eating
(http://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/SchoolHealth.aspx) for children.

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