ANTIGONISH/MONASTERY N.S. - One thing all parents can agree on – the majority of kids love to snack.
That isn’t necessarily a bad thing though as snacking and maintaining a healthy diet can be accomplished in unison. A program held recently (Jan. 11 and 15) between Antigonish Atlantic Superstore and East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy (EAEC/A) made that notion part of its emphasize.
Held in two sessions, one at the store and the second at the school, the Raise a Food Lover program started with nutrition students, from high school grades at the school, going to the Market Street Superstore location Friday morning.
“We met in the [community] room,” Sally Huffman Brown, a community outreach co-ordinator for the local Superstore, said.
“We put them to work; we had all the ingredients and the recipes for healthy eating,” she said, noting prior to creating their own healthy snacks, they went on a tour around the store with the store dietician.
“Talking about nutrition and labels, etcetera; that was how we kicked it off, but then they came up and made the snacks and were able to sample everything.
“Then we took two big shopping carts, we had team one and team two with their lists, and they went shopping. They picked up enough supplies to feed about 450 people.”
Huffman Brown noted the store donated all of the ingredients and then the students worked with them to create snacks for their fellow EAEC/A students, handed out Tuesday morning.
Along with the healthy snacks created by the students, bananas, apples, oranges and water were also part of the healthy treats for students at the school.
“Kids came down one grade at a time and it was interesting to see how the feel in the room changed from the little primaries to the Grade 12s … it was much quieter at the end of the day,” Huffman Brown said with a small chuckle.
“The boys were handing out and answering any questions about what was in the snacks which they learned through the program on Friday. That was engaging them to be part of the whole eat together experience; it had that feeling today which we were happy about … like a big family getting together.”
In a Superstore email to the Casket, it was noted the program took part during Raise a Food Lover Week – Jan. 14 to 18.
“The New Year provides a great opportunity for new habits, including helping our children develop a passion for food and healthy eating,” the message further reads.
“Atlantic Superstore is working to encourage, empower, and engage children to develop lifelong healthy eating habits through our Raise a Food Lover initiative. With fun and engaging challenges on AtlanticSuperstore.ca, we hope children and their families will learn something new and see how fun making nutritious food choices can be by pledging to Raise a Food Lover.”