FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are encouraged to celebrate Nutrition Month by “taking the fight out of food” to simplify healthy eating.

“As part of Nutrition Month, our government wants to remind New Brunswickers that healthy eating is one of the key components of overall wellness,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “Good nutrition helps to protect against chronic disease such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, stroke and high blood pressure.”

Dietitians of Canada is organizing the 2017 Nutrition Month campaign with the theme Take the fight out of food! Spot the problem. Get the facts. Seek Support:

  • Spot the problem. Define what is causing your fight with food.
  • Get the facts. Use facts from credible sources to decide what needs to be done to solve the problem.
  • Seek support. Put the plan into action with support from a dietitian, family and friends.

Various activities will take place across the country during the month of March. The goal of the campaign is to provide information and guidance to make it easier for Canadians to end their fight with food.

“Food should be enjoyable; it is as simple as that. Being mindful of nutrition should not be confusing or lead to frustration,” said Kara Parsons, a Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month representative. “Too often this is the reality we are facing. With such a wealth of nutrition information at our fingertips via the web, it is very easy to be misinformed, as not all information is credible. That is why registered dietitians across the province are hoping to inspire New Brunswickers to improve their relationship with food and rely on registered dietitians for expert nutrition knowledge when needed.”

Dietitians of Canada has designed two free apps: Cookspiration, a free smartphone app with more than 300 recipes, and eaTracker, an activity tracker.

More information on Nutrition Month is available online.

“As March 15 is Dietitians Day, I want to recognize all the dietitians whose work is so important in New Brunswick to provide nutrition advice to help people improve their health, ˮ said Boudreau. “Knowing that many of our most troubling chronic illnesses are preventable by eating a healthy diet and exercising, I invite everyone to learn more about healthy food choices and increase their awareness of leading healthy lifestyles.”

Healthy eating is an area of focus under the “promoting wellness” pillar of the New Brunswick Family Plan Framework. The framework aims to improve the lives of all residents by addressing the factors that have the greatest impact upon health and well-being. It focuses government action in seven priority areas: improving access to primary and acute care; promoting wellness; supporting people with mental health challenges; fostering healthy aging and support for seniors; advancing women’s equality; reducing poverty; and supporting people with disabilities.