How can you make a difference in your school, family, or community? How about creating your own healthy living message?

Facts about Good Food

Food is fuel. You need good, nutritious food to help you grow better, move faster, and think harder. Maybe you already have a good idea about whether your diet is healthy or not. Maybe you’re confused about all the information on food out there. But the truth is that healthy eating is simpler than you think. Almost all foods can fit into a healthy diet you just need to eat enough of the right foods in the right amounts.

Your body needs nutrients to get through each day. You need protein for growth, carbohydrates for energy, and healthy fats for energy storage and nutrition. You need fibre to keep your digestive system working well, and you need vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to keep your bones, muscles, and nerves functioning.

  • Aim for regular meals and eat them sitting down, not on the run.
  • Eat from all the food groups (vegetables & fruits, grains & bread, meat, fish & beans, milk & substitutes, and fats & simple sugars).
  • Balance the amount of food you eat with the amount of activity you get every day.

Hi5 Ways to Eat Well

  • You need 5 to 10 servings of vegetables and fruit every day. Period.
  • Keep track. The nice people at Dietitians of Canada have created a useful EATracker to help assess your food choices and compare them to those laid out by Health Canada. It’s a handy way to see how your food choices stack up.
  • Stop the pop. Want to see how much sugar is in your drinks? This website gives you an idea how many empty calories you are sucking up through that straw.
  • Every packaged product sold in the grocery store has a label that gives you information about what’s in the food. It’s a good idea to learn a bit about these labels to help you make good food choices.
  • Eat well at school. You spend most of your day at school, so it’s a natural place to make better or worse food choices. Find out ways to improve your eating habits and take action for healthy eating at your school.