Join MFHT’s Nutrition Month Challenge
Nutrition Month, which happens every year in March, is a public awareness campaign that aims to share reliable, evidence-based information about nutrition, to promote the many benefits of healthy eating and to encourage individuals to seek nutrition advice from a registered dietitian.
This year builds on last year’s theme to unlock the potential of food. Food has the potential to enhance lives, improve health, inspire children, fuel activities and bring people together.
Food is so much more than just nourishment!
This Nutrition Month, Marathon Family Health Team (MFHT) would like to help you “unlock the potential of food” by encouraging you to participate in a nutrition challenge that aims to share education on the new Canada’s Food Guide. By participating in the challenge, you will gain knowledge about the different sections of the Food Guide and learn how to apply them to your life.
How does the challenge work?
The challenge will run from Monday, March 4th to Sunday, March 31st. Each week will have a theme that focuses on a different section of the Food Guide. There will be six daily challenges per week that you can choose to combine and/or complete in any order. The goal of the challenge is to complete as many daily challenges as possible throughout the month of March.
Additional information about the challenge will be posted on this website on a weekly basis. Educational tips, helpful tools/resources, videos and tracking sheets will be provided to help you learn more about Canada’s Food Guide and to complete the daily challenges.
The themes and daily challenges are as follows:
Week 1: Discover the Food Guide’s Plate
- Challenge 1: Include plant-based protein in a meal
- Fill up ½ your plate with vegetables
- Fill up ¼ of your plate with whole grains
- Try a new fruit or vegetable
- Use a healthier cooking method
- Use the plate method
Week 2: Habits around Eating
- Make a homemade meal that follows the plate method
- Follow a mindful eating activity (a YouTube video will be provided on main challenge page)
- Eat mindfully for all meals in one day
- Eat a meal with others
- Eat something that you truly want to eat and enjoy it (pay attention to the flavor, texture and smell)
- Pay attention to your hunger and fullness cues when eating
Week 3: Increasing Produce and Advertisement Awareness
- Select a grain product that is high in fiber
- Limit highly processed foods to once this week
- Healthier fats are plant-based or come from fish/seafood. Include a healthy fat source in your day (i.e. nuts, olive oil, etc.)
- Get rid of the salt shaker for one day
- Find an item that is marketed to be healthy and evaluate its nutrition facts table
- Look at the video provided on MFHT’s website and name 3-5 problems with the way food /body image is being advertised
Week 4: Rethink your Drink
- Limit sugar intake by choosing water first for 7 days. Use the tracking sheet provided on main challenge page.
For more information on Nutrition Month, go to the Dietitians of Canada’s website: https://www.dietitians.ca/.