Written by Grace Hunter When hunger strikes and you reach for a granola bar for a quick pick-me-up, are you making a healthy snack choice? It turns out that while the public often thinks of granola bars as healthy, nutritionists feel differently on the matter. The divide between what the American public thinks is healthy … More How well do you know your healthy foods?
Quick background: a lab is “a process, one that is intended to support multi stakeholder groups in addressing a complex social problem”. Complex problems cannot be solved by a single actor or solution. Core characteristics of social labs include: a) Drawing participants from a wide variety of backgrounds , sectors, and experiences b) Experimenting with … More Food Labs Recap
By Amy Campbell, Community Health Promoter It is time to join the movement to discover and use peas, beans and lentils as part of your healthy eating plan. Beans are inexpensive and can be used to create great main meals or sides. You can use canned beans or learn how to re-hydrate them to save … More Peas, beans, lentils: year of the pulse
By Amy Campbell, Community Health Promoter Working outside the home with busy lifestyles and loaded schedules has turned a few generations to rely on fast and convenient foods. Fewer folks have acquired the skills to prepare healthy meals from scratch in their home. Food skills like food knowledge, meal planning, cooking techniques and even improving … More Stepping up to food literacy
By Jessica Nicksy I recently set out to find out what people in Parry Sound & Area think about food: where it’s going, where we’ve come from, and what needs to change. I interviewed about 40 people from across the food system: farmers, small business owners, non-profits, town and township councilors, food and social service users. … More Food in Parry Sound: A Community Perspective
Off the top of your head, can you name a fruit or vegetable beginning with each letter of the alphabet? The Early Learning Kindergarten class at Nobel School now has a complete edible alphabet! The class has been focusing on healthy eating over the past few months. Students, with the help of their families, were … More The ABC’s of Healthy Eating
I have made a commitment to use my compost bin to collect my kitchen waste like vegetable and fruit peels, banana skins and tea bags. Even in the winter I have kept open the path to my outdoors compost bin and take comfort in knowing that come the warm weather my pile will start to … More Rethinking Kitchen Waste
Why not volunteer or participate in a community garden as a way to show that you support the food charter? We put this activity under “Foster residents health and well-being”. Why you ask? Participating in a community garden can foster health and well-being in multiple ways. These can include physical health (for example, you’re being … More Charter Connections: Community Gardening
By Lindsay Leduc, dietetic intern Have you checked out our Action Toolkits yet? There are lots of great, concrete suggestions on how to support a healthy and sustainable food system in your community. There are suggestions if you are an eater, a grower, a local business or institution, or a school. Today, we’re going to … More What Can You do to Support the Local Food System?
Meet Your Local Maker Speed dating took on a “local flavor” when area farmers, chefs and other food-related businesses met at Canadore College on Tuesday, Nov 24th. The Meet Your Local Maker event was organized by the Parry Sound & Area Food Collaborative, Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve, and Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce. The … More Meet Your (Local) Maker