FoodFit 2019 sessions have begun with our first full group now into their 4th week. Big thank you to Community Food Centres Canada for funding this initiative which is supporting community members who may have health concerns and/or interested in learning new healthy activity and food skills as they work towards improved health and well-being.
Our classes include a wide variety of participants including a number of newcomers, all ages, a number of people who have food intolerances, and vegetarians. We support all types of diets with the goal of helping people realize better health.
In a nutshell, the program combines fun, hands-on cooking sessions and food-based activities with take- home recipes, easy-to-understand nutrition information, group exercise, shared meals, self-directed individual and group goal-setting
We support each participants’ own motivation for change helping them move from current attitudes and less healthy circumstances toward realistic, sustainable healthier behaviours.
Feed back from past participants has been very positive and wonderful for us to know that the program is helping people feel good in their life. As one participant expressed, “the knowledge about different types of food variety and preparation brought about a positive change in me as I try various ingredients. The positive, very stimulating and encouraging approach of our facilitator is uplifting and brought out the best of all participants. Sharing and working together provided positive energy as well”. Another participant remarked that ” I can make more balanced meal every day. I know how to choose the healthier food than before”.
FoodFit is also designed to support graduates of the program though monthly alumni sessions. This is an opportunity for participants to maintain support as they move towards a healthier lifestyle. Change is not always easy and staying connected to a group with common interests can really help. Our current alumni group has asked for more of a cultural focus as one of their themes so this month we have focused on Lunar New Year and Black History Month including cooking various items from the African Diaspora and Asian Cultures.
We are currently gathering registrations for our next FoodFit session to begin as soon as registration is full. If you are interested or know someone else who could benefit from this program, please contact Ian at 604-718-5895.