OTTAWA -- For many of us, life is only getting busier. To save time, we are relying more and more on convenient processed foods. As a consequence, many kids today aren't developing the nutritional knowledge or kitchen and food preparation skills they need to maintain healthy lives.
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The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, joined by Owen Charters, President & CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Doug Murphy, President & CEO of Corus Entertainment, announced funding for Kid Food Nation. This initiative will help kids and families develop food skills through hands-on experiences related to planning, preparing and cooking healthy meals and snacks.
"Teaching our children food preparation skills lays the groundwork for a healthy future. Together with our partners, we are proud to launch this exciting new initiative to inspire kids, parents and families across the country to find creative, fun ways to make healthy eating and meal preparation part of their everyday life," said Jane Philpott Minister of Health.
The program will be delivered at Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada, and will feature an online hub where Canadians will have access to resources on healthy eating and meal preparation. A national recipe competition will also be launched later this year to encourage kids from across the country to put their food literacy skills into practice and submit original, healthy and nutritious recipes. Kid Food Nation will celebrate Canada's culinary heritage by featuring regional and Indigenous ingredients and dishes from across the country.
"Last year, we provided 6.5 million healthy meals and snacks to Boys and Girls Club members across the country. Nutritional education, food preparation, and healthy habits are critical skills. We are pleased to collaborate with the Public Health Agency of Canada and Corus Entertainment to set a new, healthier path for Canada's young people and their families," said Owen Charters, President & CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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