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Have you heard of the YouTube channel, ‘Pick up Limes’? It’s a channel about vegan food and nutrition, offering ideas about healthy eating and meal prep tips.
➢ Check out the channel Here
➢ Watch ‘Meal Prep on a Budget’ (11 min):
Move over tofu, and make room for soy-free tofu! Have you tried soy-free tofu? Simply put, it’s tofu made from chickpeas.
It’s got a few notable benefits:
➢ Suitable for people with soy or gluten allergy
➢ You don’t have to press it! (quick and easy just got quicker and easier)
➢ Read more here
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused world hunger to climb.
➢ The prevalence of undernourishment has increased from 8.4% in 2019 to 9.9% in 2020. That’s approximately 720-811 million people.
➢ Almost 1 in 3 people didn’t have access to sufficient food in 2020. That’s about 2.37 billion people.
➢ Read about the state of food security in the world: https://www.fao.org/state-of-food-security-nutrition
➢ Full report, ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021’:
On January 21, 2022, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics released ‘Academy Position on Prevention of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity’.
➢ Prevention measures are necessary for many settings including:
○ Family homes: More efficacy for diet and physical activity intervention has been found for preschool-aged children (5 years or younger), and may be less effective for older children. Dietitians can encourage parents to involve their children in planning, shopping and preparing food.
○ Health care: Dietitians can promote healthy weights by educating other health care providers about the importance of children’s eating habits and routines.
○ Schools: More efficacy for intervention has been found for younger children (6-12 years old), and may be less effective for older children (13-18 years old). Dietitians can promote healthy eating via school meals, garden programs, school wellness policies and by advocating at the higher provincial school levels.
○ Communities: There have been few studies evaluating community-based interventions, aside from schools. This gap in the research, especially for children aged 13-18, is an opportunity for dietitians to advocate for interventions that target parents - the gatekeepers of their children’s diets.
➢ *Not in the article: In Canada, 30% of children aged 5-17 are overweight or obese (2017).
Childhood overweight and obesity aren’t unique to North America - it’s worldwide. For instance, look at the situation in Vietnam:
➢ In Vietnam, 19% of children are overweight and 8.1% obese (2020).
➢ 39% increase in sales of carbonated drinks (2014-2019).
➢ 34% increase in sweet snack sales (2014-2019).
➢ 28% increase in savory snack sales (2014-2019).
➢ 41% of secondary and high schools don’t have a sports ground.
➢ Vietnam has less government policies in place (e.g. front-of-package labels) to combat childhood overweight and obesity.
➢ Read Vietnam Childhood Overweight and Obesity
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In case you missed it: Farm and Food Care P.E.I. hosted virtual farm tours streamed on Facebook and YouTube on February 22, giving us an inside look at farmers and their food production.
➢ A P.E.I. turnip and carrot farm
➢ An Ontario beef farm
➢ A hog farm from Saskatchewan
Learn more: https://farmfoodcarepei.com/canadas-agriculture-day-tuesday-february-22nd-2022/
Curated by Caroline Spurr, RD