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Dietitians of Canada

Dietitians of Canada

June 07, 2007 16:00 ET

Nova Scotia Food Security Program Honoured for Creating Tools to Influence Food Policy Changes

Dietitians of Canada and Kraft Canada recognize "Thought About Food?" at the 10th Annual Speaking of Food and Healthy Living Awards

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 7, 2007) -

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A 10-year celebration of successful healthy living programs took place in Vancouver today at the Speaking of Food and Healthy Living Awards, sponsored by Kraft Canada and Dietitians of Canada. Held in connection with the Dietitians of Canada National Conference, the Awards recognized six regional programs for their work in helping Canadians make healthier eating and activity choices. One regional winner is selected as the national award winner. for their work in helping Canadians to make healthier eating and activity choices. The Nova Scotia-based Thought About Food? A Workbook and DVD was selected as a regional award recipient for its focus on food security and tools to influence food policy.

Thought About Food? is a program designed to build the capacities of dietitians and other health professionals to influence food policy changes. The workbook and DVD work to raise awareness at the community level on issues of food security (e.g., affordability, accessibility, sustainability). It also helps to identify existing policy concerns in the community and explains how to develop effective ways to influence positive systemic changes.

Dr. Patricia Williams with the Nova Scotia Food Security Network Steering Committee and a spokesperson for the program, was in attendance to receive the regional award title and Certificate of Merit. "We know that many people want to eat healthier but often face significant barriers like accessibility and availability of healthy options," says Williams. "To be honoured for this initiative helps reinforce the importance of policy changes to support Nova Scotians in their quest to live healthier lives."

For more information on Thought About Food?, as well as details on the national award recipient and the four additional regional recipients, visit www.dietitians.ca.

The Dietitians of Canada and Kraft Canada Speaking of Food and Healthy Living Award: Excellence in Consumer Communication is designed to encourage and recognize initiaitives that help Canadians make informed choices about healthy eating and physical activity. The Speaking of Food and Eating Award was created in 1997 in response to the report Speaking of Food and Healthy Eating: A Consumer Perspective, which indicated that Canadians wanted to eat healthier but were confused by conflicting and difficult to understand nutrition messages.

Dietitians of Canada represents over 5,500 dietitians across Canada and is committed to promoting the health and well-being of consumers through food and nutrition. For further information on nutrition and healthy eating, visit Dietitians of Canada's award winning website at www.dietitians.ca.

Kraft Canada Inc. one of Canada's leading food and beverage companies, recognizes the importance of healthy living and provides consumers with a wide range of nutritional choices, and useful healthy eating and physical activity information. Further information on Kraft's broad-based health and wellness initiatives can be found at www.kraftcanada.com.

Contact Information

  • Nova Scotia Food Security Network Steering Committee
    Dr. Patricia Williams
    (902) 457-6394
    Email: patty.williams@msvu.ca