Dietitians show Canadians that healthy eating is about More than Food this Nutrition Month
Healthy habits like cooking with others and eating mindfully also play into a healthy relationship with food
TORONTO, ON – March is Nutrition Month, and dietitians across the country will show Canadians that healthy eating habits are about More than Food
. For dietitians, it's not just about considering what
Canadians eat, but how
they eat – how to enjoy food, the importance of eating meals together and how to cook more often by involving others in the planning and preparation of meals. Nutrition Month is the perfect time for Canadians to learn more about how food impacts their health and to connect with a dietitian.
Nearly 30 per cent of Canadians said they began eating healthier in 2019 in order to improve their overall health, according to a ProdegeMR study. However, dietitians know that easy access to highly processed foods, loss of food skills and other factors have impacted eating habits. The amount of money Canadians spend on highly processed foods has increased significantly in recent years and according to Statistics Canada, Canadian households spend about 30 per cent of their food budget on restaurant meals. To help address these challenges, dietitians across Canada will focus on the habits that support healthy eating this Nutrition Month, such as cooking with others and planning ahead.
“As dietitians, we know food is an important part of healthy eating, but it’s only the beginning. Personally, I see first-hand that many Canadians struggle with “how” to eat in our fast-paced world,” says Amy Yiu, dietitian and Nutrition Month spokesperson. “When I meet with clients, we talk about more than food and health; we talk about things like why their culture and food traditions matter, how cooking at home can help them reduce food waste and how to notice when they are hungry and full.”
Almost six in 10 Canadians are managing at least one chronic disease through food and diet as reported in the Tracking Nutrition Trends Survey in 2018; many more are looking to improve their health more generally. Dietitians work alongside family doctors, pharmacists, nurses and in the community to support Canadian families to make healthy food decisions.
“Dietitians are an essential resource for Canadians looking for support in making nutrition a key part of their overall health. Our studies have shown that nearly 70 per cent of Canadians understand that dietitians are a high-quality and regulated source of nutrition information,” said Nathalie Savoie, CEO of Dietitians of Canada. “This Nutrition Month, we want to help Canadians understand the positive impact a dietitian can have on their lives – an impact that is about so much more than just food! For example, dietitians are required to stay on top of emerging research skills and techniques so they can recommend innovative treatments, services and tools to their clients and patients.”
Throughout March, dietitians will inspire their communities and workplaces through events and on social media to share healthy eating habits that go beyond food. Resources, including healthy eating tips, a free, downloadable recipe e-book and support in finding a local dietitian are available at NutritionMonth2020.ca
About Dietitians of Canada
For more than 30 years, Dietitians of Canada has led Nutrition Month in Canada. The campaign provides information and guidance to help Canadians discover the potential of food to enhance lives and improve health. Dietitians work across many diverse sectors, collaborating with other healthcare professionals, undertaking scientific research, driving innovation in food and agriculture, informing public policy and working with patients to support healthy living. Dietitians share a deep appreciation of food, a curiosity to understand the science behind it and the tools to unlock its potential.
Dietitians of Canada supports the access of Canadians to evidence-based food and nutrition information and helps them locate a dietitian for nutrition counselling and nutrition services at unlockfood.ca.
About Nutrition Month Sponsors
Dietitians of Canada acknowledges the support of Avocados from Mexico and Dairy Farmers of Canada who help bring Nutrition Month 2020 to Canadians.
For more information or to book an interview with a dietitian, please contact:
Manager, Public Relations and Media
Dietitians of Canada