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You’re The Chef!

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Good-bye Fast and Processed Foods: Learning to Cook from Scratch!

By Jennifer Jenkins-Scott, Health Promoter, Healthy Families Division of Halton Region Health Department

When was the last time you made a meal from scratch? A whole meal, prepared using fresh fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs?

Parents today are so busy that they often rely on fast or processed foods for ease and convenience. But the trade-off is that these foods are much higher in fat, sugar and salt. Eating these types of foods frequently can put children at risk of developing chronic diseases. There is also a lost opportunity for family time together in the kitchen and for children to learn the enjoyment and skill of cooking.

Research has shown that improving children’s food skills in the kitchen results in higher vegetable and fruit consumption for the whole family! “Our Kids Eat Well”, a new Our Kids Network work group with a focus on promoting healthy eating in fun and interesting ways, has launched “You’re the Chef!”

You’re the Chef! Learning to Cook for 10 to 17-year-olds
Numerous Our Kids Network community organizations have been trained to deliver a four-session program to children and youth 10 to 17 years-old, on how to prepare fruit and vegetable dishes.

This valuable “You’re the Chef!” program teaches youth how to read a recipe, measure ingredients, chop, fry and bake. Learning these important skills and having fun at the same time builds confidence and the skills to prepare fruit and vegetable dishes in their own homes for themselves and their families.

The initiative started in May and runs until the end of December. It will be evaluated for its effectiveness in preparing the trainers, and in teaching cooking skills to children and youth. Ideas on how to expand the program to more age- groups, communities, and organizations will be considered 2018. Additional initiatives will also be developed to continue to build our focus on strengthening food literacy in Halton.

If you’re interested in learning more about the “You’re the Chef!” initiative, contact Jennifer Jenkins-Scott, Health Promoter, Healthy Families Division of Halton Region Health Department at Jennifer.Jenkins-Scott@Halton.ca

National Volunteer Week

Friday, April 28th, 2017

April 23-29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week. In 2017, volunteering comes in many forms and is as diverse as Canada itself.  Someone who shovels their neighbour’s laneway or who brings a lost pet to the animal shelter is helping to build a stronger community. Sometimes we miss recognizing these people as volunteers because they do not occupy a formal role within an organization or group. 

At the Halton Children’s Aid Society, our volunteers play a VERY important role for our children, youth and families. They annually contribute more than 16,000 hours of their time in various roles including mentors, volunteer drivers, summer camp support, food for life program assistance, tutoring and so much more.

Join us in celebrating volunteers this week. However you recognize volunteering in 2017, one thing remains timeless . . . volunteer efforts create positive impact in communities across Canada.

Lowe’s Canada Heroes Program

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Lowe’s Canada Heroes Program — Supporting the Halton Community

Since their inception in Canada, Lowe’s Canada has been a very active supporter of various national and local causes to help strengthen the communities in which they operate. That means lending a helping hand in times of need, which is the ultimate goal of the Lowe’s Canada Heroes program.

Each year, Lowe’s employees team up to provide hundreds of hours of support to local communities as part of the Lowe’s Canada Heroes employee volunteer program. The storewide program encourages employees to work together, adopt a volunteer project with a local not-for-profit organization or public school and make a difference.

We are so thrilled staff at the Burlington-North Lowe’s Canada store chose our Society as the recipient of their 2017 Lowe’s Canada Heroes program. The enthusiasm and creativity shown by everyone in the planning stages of this campaign has inspired us. We look forward to exploring all the ways we can work together to help the children, youth and families we serve in the Halton community.” Robyn Connolly, Communications Specialist, Halton Children’s Aid Society.

Want to be a Lowe’s Canada community hero? It’s easy. From April 17th to May 14th, visit the Lowe’s Burlington-North store (3270 Harrison Court) to donate $2 at the checkout in support of the Lowe’s Canada Heroes program. Did you know? One hundred per cent of all proceeds will stay in the community and support a local cause—the Halton Children’s Aid Society. In addition, Lowe’s Canada will match 50 percent of all funds raised through the in-store fundraising campaign up to a maximum of $2,000 per store.

At Lowe’s, it’s not just about home improvement. It’s also about community improvement.