Recipe challenge and new online hub will help kids and families develop knowledge and skills to plan and prepare healthy meals
OTTAWA, April 4, 2017 /CNW/ - Healthy living is about choosing healthy options in our day-to-day activities, including what we choose to eat. Learning how to make healthy eating choices at a young age can go a long way toward developing healthy habits
Today, the Government of Canada, along with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and Corus Entertainment launched the Kid Food Nation National Recipe Challenge and Kid Food Nation online hub at the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club in Toronto.
The National Recipe Challenge invites children aged 7 to 12 from across Canada to submit an original healthy and nutritious recipe. A diverse panel of Canadians will select the top 26 recipes based on nutrition, taste and cultural diversity. Two winning recipes will be chosen from each province and territory, and winners will be split equally by gender (13 girls and 13 boys). Winners will have the chance to celebrate Canada's culinary heritage at the Kid Food Nation gala event in Ottawa featuring regional dishes from across the country.
The newly launched online hub includes resources on healthy eating and meal preparation, and complements the Kid Food Nation program being delivered at Boys and Girls Clubs across Canada. The hub features online videos and on-air segments with TV hosts and celebrity chefs, local talent, and experts as well as a parents-focused section. Kids will also be able to earn points through mini-games and quizzes, print shopping lists, and track their favourite recipes.
"I encourage kids from across Canada to put their food skills to the test and come up with healthy and nutritious recipes for the National Recipe Challenge. Kid Food Nation has found an innovative way to empower and educate kids, parents and families across Canada to make healthy eating a part of their daily lives." The Honourable Jane PhilpottMinister of Health
"We are thrilled to join the Government of Canada at Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club for the launch of Kid Food Nation. Improving food skills and healthy habits is fundamental to the work we do with children and youth. This national initiative is an incredible opportunity to bring nutritional skills and resources to children, families, and communities across the country."Owen ChartersPresident & CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada
"The Kid Food Nation program is well underway and with the support of our esteemed partners, we are proud to leverage the power of Corus' kids networks to educate and engage Canadians in making health-conscious choices. Armed with the knowledge and information from this powerful new curriculum, we're calling on kids across Canada to join the movement in making smart food choices and inspiring one another to embrace healthy lifestyles."Doug MurphyPresident & CEO of Corus Entertainment
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Associated LinksKid Food Nation Online Hub Kid Food Nation BackgrounderGovernment of Canada invests in program to promote healthy eating
SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada
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