March 06, 2018
Unlock the potential of food
Oxford County Public Health encourages residents to realize the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together
Sitting down for a healthy meal should be an enjoyable experience. But, for many individuals and families, planning nourishing meals can be a struggle. March is Nutrition Month and Oxford County Public Health wants to help residents unlock the potential of food – whether it’s discovering new foods, preventing disease and illness through healthy eating habits or consulting a Registered Dietitian.
With so much nutrition information accessible at your fingertips, it can be difficult to know what information to trust and which eating patterns are most effective. When making dietary changes, Oxford County Public Health’s dietitians suggest keeping in mind the following tips:
- Avoid “fad diets” and, instead, focus on healthy eating habits that you enjoy enough to stick with in the long run
- Eat together, as this provides health benefits for the whole family
- Help children discover healthy eating habits by teaching them to shop and cook – when kids are the chefs they are much more likely to eat what they make
Many residents do not realize consulting with a dietitian is often a free service available in the community. In Oxford County, dietitians are available in select grocery stores, health centres, and hospitals. A listing can be found at www.oxfordcounty.ca/nutrition along with other program and service information.
This Nutrition Month also marks the ninth annual Dietitians Day on March 14, 2018. The day is meant to spotlight registered dietitians and their specialized knowledge in food and nutrition that help to improve the health of residents.
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About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 114,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to becoming a zero waste community and achieving 100% renewable energy by 2050. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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