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March is National Craft Month – create healthy food crafts for Nutrition Month

8 Mar

Since March is National Craft Month we thought a great idea would be to match healthy food crafts with Nutrition Month. There are lots of ideas online, but below are two of my granddaughters favorites:

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March is Nutrition Month

2 Mar

Checkout the following website for information about Nutrition Month:

http://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Nutrition-Month/Campaign-Materials.aspx

Sugary Drinks Cost The Healthcare System

24 Feb

Here at the local food team we support our local food system and the health of our communities. That is why we want to share some new research that was released showing that, over the next 25 years, sugary drink consumption is projected to result in over 63,000 deaths and cost the healthcare system over $50 billion.

It is estimated that sugary drink consumption in Canada will be responsible for:

  • More than 1 million cases of overweight and more than 3 million cases of obesity
  • Almost 1 million cases of type 2 diabetes
  • Almost 300,000 Canadians with ischemic heart disease
  • More than 100,000 cases of cancer
  • Almost 40,000 strokes
  • Almost 2.2 million disability-adjusted life years.

Canadians are consuming high amounts of sugary drinks and if this continues, the consequences to our health and the healthcare system will be devastating. Most troubling, young people drink the largest amount of sugary beverages. READ the release here

Canada’s Agriculture Day coming Feb. 16

14 Feb

Canada’s Agriculture Day is happening on February 16.

The purpose of the day is to engage the agriculture and agri-food community in celebrating the business of Canadian agriculture. With the theme of “Let’s Celebrate the Food We Love,” everyone in agriculture and agri-food is being encouraged to join in the celebrations.

You are encouraged to host your own celebration.

Check out their events page to see what Canada’s Agriculture Day events and activities have been registered for your community.

For more information on Canada’s Ag Day, visit AgDay.ca or follow  #CdnAgDay on Twitter.

Our New Website Design

2 Feb

We hope that you will find the new layout for our website useful. Some of the new features include a knowledge centre that has links to some useful websites.  Our local initiatives tab which has information on community gardens in our area and local events featuring food.  The shopping local tab will help you find places that you can buy local food.  Coming soon under the recipe tab, we will have some tasty healthy recipes for you to try.  If you have something to post on our website just email us at localfoodteam@gmail.com

Local Food Team joins 50% Local Food Club

4 Sep

What a great activity for Local Food Awareness Week, join the 50% Local Food Club.  The 50% Local Food Club, is a month-long initiative to increase consumption and purchasing of local foods in Nova Scotia. Why? To support our food producers and farmers, strengthen the local food movement in our province, and simply celebrate food. The 50% Local Food Club provides participants with the resources, support and inspiration necessary to incorporate 50% local food into their diet, and at the same time, connect them with other community members who share a passion for great tasting food.  To find out more about the club and this wonderful opportunity visit http://nslocalfoodclub.wordpress.com/

Preserves!

8 Aug

Preserving foods is a process that has been around for hundreds of years. If you’re like me, you may remember your grandmother telling you to never throw away your Mason jars when they were empty so that she could use them to can things the next year, or you may remember her talking about something called pectin. These are all important parts of preserving foods. Two ways to preserve foods is through canning vegetables and fruits, or making jams or jellies out of fruits. Preserving foods is a great way to get the most out of your garden and also a great way to use-up any extra food that your garden produces, reducing food waste and maybe even saving you money! Preserving foods can also be a great experience to share with your family and can be another step in getting everyone involved in the garden and food production. Preserved vegetables, fruit, jams and jellies have a great shelf life; they can last for up to twelve months as long as they are stored in a cool, dry place.

Give preserving your foods a try! Ask someone with experience or try visiting your local farmers market for advice!