Healthy Eating (see
also Strategies & Projects)
- Why it matters
from McGill University lead to a
wealth of information on nutrition and health
- Community gardens
- How to start a community garden
find community gardens all over
- Sources of open pollinated, organic,
and heirloom seeds can be found at Seeds
- Community kitchens
- Laura Kalina
(250-554-2397), a nutritionist and chair of the Kamloops Food
Policy Council, has put together a package for any agency
wanting to start community kitchens in their area. It costs $99
and includes a co-ordinator's guide, a cook-book with
economical recipes and a video about community kitchens. The
cookbook is also sold separately for $18 at the North Kamloops
Health Unit. For a brief introduction to community kitchens,
download the PDF file at http://www.cariboo.bc.ca/daad/stinge/pdfs/38_39_40.pdf
Community Kitchens Web site
has how-to ideas, workshops, links (including their video,
cookbook, and school meals program)
Clinic's Virtual Cookbook - Everything from quick
breakfasts to elegant dinners, soups, sauces and baked goods.
Mayo Clinic registered dietitians take your recipes and make
them healthier by reducing the calories, fat and salt &endash;
but not the taste.
- Sustainable agriculture
- The International
Victory Garden Movement is encouraging communities to
establish garden networks around the group. Funding is
available for innovative projects and travel.
How-To Book on Organic Farming offers resources for
teaching organic gardening and farming skills, applied soil
science and an introduction to sustainable agriculture.
Published by the University of Santa Cruz, the book can be
ordered or downloaded (PDF)
greenhouse gases by eating local food, from the Canadian
Medical Association Journal Oct 15, 2002; 167(8) pg 895:
"According to a recent study, growing just 10% more produce in
a regional system would result in an annual savings of 1.2
million to 1.4 million L of fuel and an annual reduction in
carbon dioxide emissions of 3 million to 3.5 million kg."
Citing "Food, fuel and freeways," a report produced in 2001 out
of the Leopold Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State
- Cotton is literally the most toxic crop
on the planet. While only 3% of the world's farming acreage is
cotton, these crops are sprayed with up to 25% of the world's
pesticides and herbicides, including some of the most toxic
ones, such as aldicarb. And of course cotton is present in many
other consumer products besides garments--food products,
tampons, bandages, baby diapers, mattresses, bed linen, etc.
For sources of organic cotton, check out these Web sites:
grown foods higher in cancer-fighting chemicals than
conventionally grown foods (American Chemical Society)
- Traditional foods
Active Living (see
also Strategies & Projects)
Facts - American Council on Exercise
- Canadian Association for the
Advancement of Women in Sports is in business to encourage
girls and women to get out of the bleachers, off the sidelines,
and onto the fields and rinks, into the pools, locker rooms and
board rooms of Canada.
Lifestyle and Research Institute offers research,
resources, and active living tips.
Physical Activity Guide
community gardens all over Canada
Canada's Fitness and Active
Living site includes
for incorporating physical
into home and family, school, work
Health Action on the Small Business Worksite
in Motion Walking Clubs are easy
to start. Check out the Heart and Stroke Foundation Web site for
ideas. Make your community a walking community.
Walk to School Day
gives children, parents, school
teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a
global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking. Last
year nearly 3 million walkers from 21 countries walked to school
together for various reasons - all hoping to create communities
that are safe places to walk. International Walk to School Day is
scheduled for Wednesday, October 2, 2002. It's not too early to
offers guidelines, downloadable brochures and links to many other
healthy eating and active living resources.
Activity in Your Daily Life
American Heart Organization's ideas
for incorporating physical activity in daily life at home, at
work, at play
North Shore -
a collection of walking initiatives
planned and implemented by Heart Smart North Shore.
- What is diabetes
- Aboriginal resources
- About diabetes
BC Heart Health Web site has two PDF files (fat ones, alas)
with reports of international best practices. These are rich
resources and worth the download time.
- CATCH -
Coordinated Approach to Child Health. The CATCH program was
originally designed as a cardiovascular prevention education
program for elementary school students. However, because the risk
factors for cardiovascular heart disease are the same as for Type
II diabetes, primarily poor diet and exercise habits, the CATCH
program can function quite successfully as an intervention for
both heart disease and diabetes. CATCH is a coordinated effort
between classroom, cafeteria and physical education.
Nations Programs highlighted on this site
- Heart and
Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon has links to many healthy
eating and active living strategies.
- Youth Programs
- Healthy Eating & Active Living with Williams
Lake Environmental Society and local schools
- Elders played an important role in the development of the
Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project. This project
provides Kahnawake children basic knowledge, skills and family
and community support to engage in lifestyle changes that will
prevent diabetes as they grow into adulthood. Contact: Alex
McComber or Rhonda Lynn Kirby (514) 635-4374.
- Sandy Lake
Health & Diabetes Project
- walking trails, walking clubs, healthy snacks, school
diabetes prevention curriculum
- Population health approach
Lifestyle: Strengthening the Effectiveness of Lifestyle
Approaches to Improve Health
health is an approach to health that aims to improve the
health of the entire population and to reduce health inequities
among population groups. In order to reach these objectives, it
looks at and acts upon the broad range of factors and
conditions that have a strong influence on our health.
- Using technology in health promotion
- BC Heart Health
resources for health professionals working on cardiovascular
disease prevention and health promotion in their communities.
- US Surgeon General's Call
To Action To Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity
identifies 15 activities as national priorities for immediate
action. Individuals, families, communities, schools, worksites,
health care, media, industry, organizations, and government must
determine their role and take action to prevent and decrease
overweight and obesity.