by Sandra Venneri, B.Sc. (Hon), P.H.Ec.
We hear buzz words all the time in the health, nutrition and food industries. The one that I believe that covers so many bases that everyone should know is Food Literacy.
Becoming part of a new generation of Professional Home Economists (P.H.Ec.) was a very easy decision to make when applying for my designation. It was my way of life. It is something today's society views as very traditional, almost 1950s-ish, yet is more relevant than ever!
Food literacy is a part of what a PHEc is able to teach, mentor or guide families, individuals and community groups in. It encompasses not only food and cooking skills, but grocery budgets, local foods and farmers (think farm to fork initiatives), environmental sustainability and food security, backyard and container gardens and so much more.
At a time with obesity and health issues on the rise, everyone finds preventative health a priority. Yet there are many obstacles to leading a healthy life in this fast-paced, technologically driven world. So the Ontario Home Economics Association has launched a new website, www.food-literacy.ca, to promote how to get back to the basics of learning, building self-confidence as well as encouraging our communities to get excited and more knowledgeable about our food in so many different ways. I encourage you to visit the website and learn more about Food Literacy and the buzz surrounding it.
We are not born with the knowledge and skills in food, cooking and nutrition; it is learned and some recent generations and people have missed out on this lesson - maybe even you! And we can always learn more than we did before (never stop learning and growing). Check out the website and you might just find out something new and interesting that will make your day easier or your lifestyle even better.
After all, everyone has to eat every day to provide nourishment for body, mind and soul. So let's get back to the basics that might have been lost along the way.
Please visit http://www.ohea.on.ca/uploads/1/2/6/0/12605917/food_literacy_release.pdf for a great article by Mary V. Carver, P.H.Ec. recently published on the same topic.
Sandra Venneri is a Professional Home Economist with a degree in Nutritional & Nutraceutical Sciences. She is currently working towards becoming a Registered Dietitian at Brescia University College. Her passion for a holistic life is evident on her social media sites. Twitter: @nutritionbites8, Facebook: nutritionbitescanada and Instagram: nutritionbites.