A chef and food educator visits Calgary schools and discovers that kids want to talk about food and nutrition. Much of the focus on changing Canadians’ eating habits starts on elementary school. Only when students are exposed to healthy snack options from the beginning of their education and learn about the importance of proper choices, can national trends start to move in the right direction.
Schools around the world are wrestling with food policies that will enable them to deliver healthy food to children while still being fiscally responsible. I have the honour of working with the Calgary Board of Education on healthy eating policies and initiatives and it is a daunting task. What, after all, is healthy food when there are so many definitions and interpretations? Add in religious, health and economic issues and it gets even more complicated. What amazes me most is how open-minded young people are; they do want to talk and learn about food. While a five-year-old may not care abut a food’s glycemic index or how an animal was dispatched, she knows that food is important for survival and may also have a sense that what we eat is part of who we are. BY SABRINA DEL BEN, POSTMEDIA NEWS MARCH 18, 2011 © Copyright (c) Postmedia News