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Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Unlock the Potential of Food

Oxford County Public Health encourages residents to realize the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, health and bring us together

Sitting down for a healthy meal should be an enjoyable experience. But, for many individuals and families, planning nourishing meals can be a struggle. March is Nutrition Month and Oxford County Public Health wants to help residents unlock the potential of food - whether it's discovering new foods, preventing disease and illness through health eating habits or consulting a Registered Dietitian.

With so much nutrition information accessible at your fingertips, it can be difficult to know what information to trust and which eating patterns are most effective. When making dietary changes, Oxford County Public Health’s dietitians suggest keeping in mind the following tips:

  • Avoid “fad diets” and, instead, focus on healthy eating habits that you enjoy enough to stick with in the long run
  • Eat together, as this provides health benefits for the whole family
  • Help children discover healthy eating habits by teaching them to shop and cook – when kids are the chefs they are much more likely to eat what they make

Many residents do not realize consulting with a dietitian is often a free service available in the community. In Oxford County, dietitians are available in select grocery stores, health centres, and hospitals. A listing can be found at along with other program and service information.

This Nutrition Month also marks the ninth annual Dietitians Day on March 14, 2018. The day is meant to spotlight registered dietitians and their specialized knowledge in food and nutrition that help to improve the health of residents.

Media Contact:

Donna Kemp
Strategic Communication & Engagement
519-539-9800 ext 315
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