The Canada Goal - Food Matters - Information & Resource

The Canada Goal will help to share valuable information about food and how our daily eating habits & routines affect our body & mind. Food directly affects one's ability to think clearly. (FOCUS) Learning is a part of daily life (especially as a student) and the ability to think clearly will assist individuals to achieve their full potential. A lack of FOCUS can make life difficult for the individual as well as those (Teachers & Educational Assistants) that are providing support in the school/community. This initiative is intended to provide core facts about food and perspective for those that wish to give themselves their best. Learn (or be reminded) about healthy eating facts that have been passed on for many generations... but more commonly becoming lost in this modern age of information & convenience.
Information relating to this initiative is reviewed as part of the Leadership Session. The KEY concepts in this segment will encourage participants to consider where their bodies get nutrients that feed their mind/brain as well as their body. There are distinct differences between how our bodies react to the foods we eat. Generally, FRESH FOODS will feed our bodies and our minds. Generally, the more processed food becomes, the less nutrient value. In some cases, over processed foods will actually force our bodies to go into a 'defence mode' as our bodies can treat these foods as 'toxic'. As we review the difference between processed food products and 'fresh' foods - we're able to add value to the foods that feed our minds. This simplified introduction/summary to healthy eating habits will assist some individuals to make good daily eating choices/decisions.
Special Note: The debate has been raised on a few occasions regarding lower income communities and their ability to access these 'healthy' foods. In response: It appears to boil down to these 3 main points:
1. If we agree that fresh healthy foods are critically important for us to achieve our personal best - it appears the KEY question is 'how to' access these foods.
2. How motivated are the leaders within the community to lead by example? It is important for students and staff within the school communities to take ACTION toward developing/maintaining obvious initiatives that show the importance of healthy eating habits & routines. Ideas such as: Daily nutrition breakfast club, healthy alternatives in school canteens, educational posters posted on the walls, specific health food focused event(s) or 'Health Day' and for really motivated school cummunities - school greenhouse & garden beds on school property and/or at students homes for a more direct learning experience.
3. What about the lower income families that may have some difficulty accessing these foods? One option is to avoid educating these young individuals in detail about this critically important modern topic. However, when you consider that education and knowledge is KEY to one achieving their greatest potential - it appears almost wrong not to emphasize the importance of this topic as we do our best to give them the tools to choose for themselves. For some, we may be planting seeds that may not grow until sometime in the future. For others, we may fuel the desire to simply try harder to FOCUS on this topic. What you FOCUS on will expand...
A teacher shared this example after a school presentation;
"It costs about $30 for a meal for 4 at a fast food restaurant... and you can purchase a healthy meal or two at the supermarket for the same price... or even better - GROW IT if you can! So a big part of the challenge is focus - habits & routines."
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The Canada Goal would like to thank the creators of FOODMATTERS (www.foodmatters.tv) for their FOCUS toward helping others learn valuable knowledge about food. For individuals looking to learn more about this important topic, visit their website for an abundant source of modern facts/reminders. Be sure to look for their most recent documentary Hungry for Change.
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