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Free public sessions to teach Islanders healthy food choices

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Ask Atlantic Canadians if they would like to make positive nutritional choices for themselves and their families, and most would say yes.

However, in an environment of fad diets, confusing and seemingly contradictory health claims and food labels and ingredient lists that are a blur of chemical compounds, many people find the concept of making healthy food choices daunting.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada, partnering with Telus Atlantic Canada Community Board and United Way of P.E.I., is hosting a series of free public nutrition sessions titled “What’s on Your Plate?”

Pamela Dill, dietitian and the project’s program developer, said the sessions can “de-mystify” reading food labels and provide people with practical tips they can apply for themselves and their families.

“If you can’t pronounce it – don’t eat it,” she said.

Trina Ralph, executive director of the Kidney Foundation of Canada - Atlantic Branch, said the foundation is excited to provide free public sessions throughout a number of large and small communities across the region.

“These sessions are designed for the general public to find some tips which might be helpful for them and their families,” Ralph said. “As part of our commitment to public education, we see these sessions as an opportunity to provide Atlantic Canadians with practical tools to make choices that lower the risk of some types of kidney disease as well as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and others.”    

For more information or to find a “What’s on your Plate” session, contact Trina Ralph at trina.ralph@kidney.ca or call 709-753-8999 or 1-800-563-5708.

Highlights for upcoming Healthy Eating 101 nutrition sessions:

  • Family-friendly: All ages welcome
  • Recipes and resources to take home
  • Nutrition advice for those with diabetes and high blood pressure, the leading causes of kidney disease
  • Presented by registered dietitians from each community
  • Healthy tips for every family member by learning to make small dietary changes, read labels, modify recipes and more

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