Time to put down the mini donuts

17 Jul 2012 by admin, Comments Off

Well Stampede is over and I bet everyone is feeling the same mini doughnuts, wobbly pop’s, deep fried everything after affects that come from a day or 10 spent on the Stampede grounds. It’s that time of year when the thought of anything ‘fried’ makes you clutch your (slightly rounder) stomach and cry out “No more!”

The beautiful thing that comes with the end of Stampede is that it’s summer and there is a ton of fresh fruits and vegetables currently filling the produce section of your nearest grocery store to make up for the gluttony that is Stampede. This is that wonderful time of year that you can get all the best summer treats like watermelon, fresh corn and cherries. Summer time means it’s one of the easiest times of year to eat a nutritious meal.

The sad thing is that many people lack the basic knowledge surrounding nutrition for both themselves and their children. Heath Canada recommends the average adult to have between 8 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day and kids to have 6 to 8 servings a day. It sound’s like a lot but you’d be surprised how easy it can be to get the recommended amount when you make a concious effort. The thing is that we live in such a fast paced society that to actually slow down and make a nutritious meal requires a considerable amount of effort these days. It’s very easy to buy prepackaged food that can be thrown in the microwave but often these foods are loaded with sodium and sugar.

Producing a healthy lunch can be a bit of a struggle for anyone but especially for low income families just getting food on the table on the table can be a struggle.

One of Eligeo’s goals with ball hockey tournament is to alleviate local child hunger. However providing nutritious food is a hugely important part to making an impact. Studies show that children who eat a well balanced meals are more attentive and focused in school. This is one of the main focal points for Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK). By providing well balanced lunches BB4CK is helping kids allover Calgary to gain the nutrition they need and making a step in the right direction for a healthy life style.

Not to shabby for a ball hockey tournament.

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