Child Nutrition Despite Rising Costs Iqaluit NU

While food prices continue to rise, it is important to ensure that child nutrition and the healthy development of children remain a priority.

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Child Nutrition Despite Rising Costs

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(NC)-While food prices continue to rise, it is important to ensure that child nutrition and the healthy development of children remain a priority both at home and in school.

"As everyone Canadians for ways to cope with rising food prices, it is essential that child nutrition is still a focus," says Carol Dombrow, a registered dietitian with Breakfast for Learning. "We encourage Canadians to look for affordable ways to ensure children and youth receive the healthy meals and snacks they need at this critical stage in their development."

Breakfast for Learning offers these helpful hints:

• Look for healthy items that freeze well and buy in bulk while items are on sale. Instead of individual sizes, buy large containers and separate into single servings at home.

• Buy locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables in season, or purchase frozen or canned produce. For canned fruit available only in syrup, rinse before eating.

• Make smart purchases by choosing nutrient-rich foods like whole-grains and oatmeal instead of sugar-coated cereals and white bread.

• Make family meals together - dining in and preparing a nutritious meal together is an easy (and fun) way to make the food budget go further.

"Rising food costs are not only a challenge at home but in schools. Across Canada, student nutrition programs that provide much-needed healthy meals and snacks to students also face the challenge of keeping pace with rising prices," says Wendy Wong, president and CEO of Breakfast for Learning. "We encourage Canadians to help ensure that child nutrition is not compromised - it is a vital component to the future health and well-being of our children and youth."

Nutrition education resources are available online at www.breakfastforlearning.ca.

Credit: www.newscanada.com