It’s been on the cards for several years, but is now official: a new food guide will be available by 2018. The current food guide (pdf) will be replaced by a set of resources that will help the public and health professionals make healthier dietary choices, and better guide patients and clients.
On June 10th, during Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference, Health Canada announced a new public consultation period following the publication of the Guiding Principles and Recommendations that will guide the elaboration of new tools and resources. Let me give you a tour of these new guiding principles and the main changes to the current Food Guide.
This is the question asked by one of our members who is concerned about the presence of pesticides in fruits and vegetables. My reply below is taken from the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides which lists the dirty dozen and clean fifteen, published by the American organization Environmental Working Group, which has prepared this guide based on chemical tests carried out by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
For the past ten years, Walk for Alzheimer’s, which this year takes place on 28 May, has been the most important fundraiser in Canada for Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Over 150 communities take part, from one ocean to the other. The funds raised are used to improve the quality of life of people living with Alzheimer’s and their families, to provide training, and increase awareness of the disease. Last year in Quebec, nearly 1 million dollars were raised.