About Saint Mary's
Healthy Eating and Nutrition
Rekindle Your Relationship with Food – grant from DHW
The new “Rekindle Your Relationship with Food” program started in May 2012 with a $15,000 grant from the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW). DHW produced the THRIVE: A plan for healthier Nova Scotia which outlines the opportunities to address obesity, inactivity and unhealthy eating. Because the causes of unhealthy lifestyles are deeply rooted in society, we need multiple solutions.
“THRIVE is about changing the way we live!” stated Darrell Dexter, Premier at the time of the report. THRIVE uses policy to create environments that support us all to make healthier choices. It sets out broad directions and first steps to provide action, programs, and policies to reshape the future of Nova Scotia. We have all heard about the “eating less and moving more” concept. In the past few decades our social and physical environments have changed in ways that promote the opposite behavior. The choice we make as individuals are shaped by the choices we have and today, less healthy options outweigh the healthy ones.
Two Key Directions of THRIVE plan include:
- Equip People with Skills and Knowledge for Lifelong Health
- Create more Opportunities to Eat Well and Be Active
After being awarded the grant in January 2013, nutrition education became the key priority across campus. No matter what nutritional system you follow, we all have a relationship with food that profoundly impacts our behavior and metabolism. Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods - it doesn't mean giving up the foods you love; it means choosing food wisely. Food nourishes the body and gives us energy to get through each day. Healthy eating is fundamental to good health and is equally important in reducing the risk of many chronic diseases, building a healthy body, and for maintaining a healthy body weight.