What we eat has tremendous impacts on our health. Whole foods rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients are vital to our growth and development, from pre-birth to old age. A well-balanced diet also helps to reduce or prevent disease.

But eating well is easier said than done. The fast food industry entices us to eat their addictive, nutrient-poor products. We’re too busy to cook nutritious meals. Natural, affordable foods are sometimes hard to come by.

Kim Ouellette, registered dietitian with the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health, Niagara Region and Dr. Wendy Ward, Professor of Kinesiology at Brock University and Canada Research Chair in Bone and Muscle Development, join the program to explore the meaning of “nutrition,” what constitutes a healthy diet, the impacts that various foods and nutrients have on our bodies, and Niagara-specific resources to help us make better food choices.

Encouraging children to be more active and healthy is articulated in the “Health and Wellness in Niagara” section contained within the Living in Niagara 2014: Critical Indicators for Reflecting on Life in Niagara report, produced by Niagara Connects.

In the Consider This podcast series researchers dissect issues and events happening all around us – from the end of our street to the other side of the globe – as a way of exploring how we can move forward in the face of these.

Podcast Series: Consider This – A Podcast Series Where Thoughts and Conversation Come Together

Hosted By: Barry Wright, Director, Niagara Community Observatory

Published By: BrockuResearch in partnership with Niagara Connects; brought to you by the federal government’s Research Support Fund

Date: February 2016

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