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Schools explore healthy eating

With assistance from the Interior Health Authority’s Community Food Action Initiative many schools are teaching students about producing healthy food and the science behind it.

“For many people fast food and processed food are more readily available and affordable than healthy food. This presents a real concern, as these foods can lead to poor health,” said Heather Deegan, manager of IHA’s food security and community nutrition program.

“Interior Health has joined forces with many schools and communities to change that and the results are very exciting. Students are developing awareness about healthy, locally grown food and they are learning the skills to grow it themselves.”

Some schools have developed gardens on site while others have looked at organic composting and raising chickens.

The Community Food Action Initiative is a grant program that encourages communities to use novel approaches to overcome their unique barriers to accessing healthy, safe and nutritious foods.


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