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Food Revolution Day – more fun than you think

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Jamie Oliver with kidsWhat adults don’t know about good food is surprising. What kids don’t know about good food is reason enough to join Jamie Oliver’s food revolution! It’s the fun kind of revolution; a violence-free movement to put compulsory and practical food education on the school curriculum in all G20 countries.

Parents, let me tell you why it’s easy to get on board!

When your kids learn about good food:

  • They get interested in what’s going on in the kitchen
  • Food becomes fun
  • Fun means learning how to make things in the kitchen (“It’s a game, get the spatula!”)
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Promoting safe food from field to plate

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Two registered dieticians looking at a computerWe’ve all joked about the ‘5-second rule’ – it’s okay to eat something that was on the floor for less than 5 seconds – but food safety is no laughing matter. This year, the World Health Organization is championing food safety as part of World Health Day on April 7, 2015.

Did you know that around the world, unsafe food is linked to the deaths of 2 million people each year?  That’s why the WHO wants you to know how important it is to improve food safety as it travels from the farm, through various food production systems, and finally onto your plate.

Here’s why the WHO is …

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The anxious traveller’s guide to leaving your comfort zone

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a couple hikingAnxious travellers who want to travel are in a bit of a pickle. With two opposing desires – the desire to go somewhere and the desire to avoid nervous diarrhea – life can get discouraging pretty fast. Here’s the cure: make a decision and get okay with it. If that means not travelling, fine. But if you’re determined to travel despite the accompanying anxiety, great! It’s time to take the journey by leaving your comfort zone.

But first, let’s address the elephant in the room: anxiety is terrible! Feeling anxious, whether travel-related or not, is so uncomfortable that most of us will take extreme measures to reduce anxiety in our …

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New year, new attitude

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new year, new attitudeLet me be honest with you. There’s someone who drives me crazy. Her desk is a mess, she never thinks she’s done enough, she likes long stretches of leisure but feels bad about not completing her to-do list. Annoying right? Especially because this exasperating person is me!

On the other hand, I’m really not so bad. But my attitude can be and that’s what I resolve to change for 2015.

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change ~ Max Planck, Nobel Prize-winning physicist

The attitude you adopt towards yourself, others and circumstances has a huge influence on how satisfied you feel with life. Deciding to make an adjustment for the better is …

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Celebrate Food Heroes on World Food Day

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Boy eating strawberriesHeroes do what matters and contribute to the greater good but they don’t all wear tights and a cape. In fact, my heroes wear work boots and have dirt under their fingernails. My heroes are family farmers around the world who put safe and wholesome food into their local communities and on our tables. Think of the anxiety you would feel if you didn’t have access to fresh, farm-grown food, and good nutrition! Unfortunately, food insecurity happens all over the world, in both poor and wealthy nations and the family farm is an important antidote. It’s important that this World Food Day we celebrate family farming, and recognize the contributions of …

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