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Media literacy can improve child nutrition, family relationships

Washington State University Insider

A new study shows that building critical media skills as a family can have a positive impact on kids’ nutrition without restricting their access to TV and computers. The study, published in the journal Childhood Obesity, found that an education program that had parents and kids learn media literacy skills together not only helped children eat more fruits and vegetables but also improved communication between parents and their kids. Read more here

 

The perfect time to teach your children healthy eating 

The Globe and Mail 
Parents have new opportunities to teach healthy eating now that children are eating all of their meals and snacks at home.  Families are able to share meals together, a habit that’s encouraged by Canada’s Food Guide. Studies have found that children who regularly eat family dinners consume more fruits and vegetables, and fewer unhealthy foods than children who don’t.  
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Are food politics defeating Canada’s healthy eating strategy?

CBC News
An article that discusses the effect industry lobbying has had on marketing to kid restrictions and front of package labelling, two pillars of the Liberal Government’s healthy eating strategy. Read here

A drug to prevent 1 in 5 deaths? It’s called ‘food’

CBC News

A study published this week in The Lancet determined that 11 million deaths in 2017 were associated with the failure to take advantage of this simple health intervention.

“We found that improvement of diet could potentially prevent one in every five deaths globally,” the authors wrote. More than half of diet-related deaths and many diet-related disabilities were attributed to three factors: too much salt, too few whole grains and not enough fruits. Read full article here

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