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Learn how to eat well without breaking the bank

Presentation in Dunnville Tuesday, Nov. 18

SIMCOE, ON, NOV. 7, 2008 – If you want to know how to stretch your food dollar and still eat healthy, you’re invited to a presentation at the Royal Canadian Legion in Dunnville on Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Coraine Wray, a Public Health Dietitian with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, will share simple tips on how to lower food costs while still providing your family with a variety of healthy meals.

“As global financial markets continue to be unstable, Canadians are trying to find ways to save money or make our food dollars go farther,” Wray said. “Many people believe that eating well is more costly, but eating healthy does not have to take a major bite out of your budget.”

The healthy eating on a budget presentation is being sponsored jointly by Health Action and Haldimand Health and Wellness Programs. People interested in attending this free event are asked to register by Nov. 16 at 905-774-2529. If necessary, you may leave a message on the answering machine.

Haldimand Health and Wellness Programs is a community-based organization connected to the Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation and provides programs, activities and information to promote good health and wellness in the community.

Health Action is funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion and supported by the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit, and partners with 30 individuals and organizations. Health Action promotes integration, communication and supportive environments that encourage people in our communities to live healthy lives.

“One of the main priorities of the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is to assist residents to prevent or delay the onset of chronic diseases,” Wray explained. “Eating well with the new Canada’s Food Guide can help reduce one’s risk of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis.”

The new Canada’s Food Guide was released in February 2007 and makes several recommendations, such as eating two Food Guide servings of fish each week.

“A lot of research demonstrates that the good fat, called omega 3 fats, found in fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, herring and mackerel can help keep your heart healthy,” Wray said.

Media contact:
Coraine Wray, Public Health Dietitian,
Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit,
519-426-6170 Ext. 3237 or 905-318-6623 Ext. 3237.