OHEA was invited by the St. Elizabeth A. Seton School Parent Council, in the Ottawa area, to present ideas for healthy school lunch options to parents at their Parent Engagement Workshop on November 16th. Lucky for us, Mary Carver, P.H.Ec, and Linda Reasbeck, P.H.Ec., both from the Ottawa Home Economics Association (and OHEA) volunteered to help.
Mary covered food literacy, the online OHEA petition, status of Canada's Food Guide, tips/tricks for lunches, information about OHEA, where to find credible nutrition information, getting kids in the kitchen to cook real food. This was followed by a Question and Answer period.
Linda had a hands-on exhibit with samples of lunch containers, healthy mini-muffins to sample, fruit and veggie kabobs, hard-cooked eggs, lean meat, whole grains etc. and presented with the help of a capable and keen male student - it was great fun. Emphasis was on healthy, quick to assemble, fun and colourful real food that kids will eat – not discard. Minimizing salt, sugar, fat and and overly processed foods.
A big thank you to Mary Carver, P.H.Ec., and Linda Reasbeck, P.H.Ec., for making this such a successful event. Information submitted by Mary Carver, P.H.Ec.