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For Immediate release: April 10, 2017

Newfoundland and Labrador Youth Advising on Healthy Eating in the Province

St. John’s, NL – Ten youth from around the province have joined a provincial Healthy Eating Advisory Council to provide insight and advice on how to improve healthy eating choices among Newfoundland and Labrador’s youth population.

“Healthy food and beverages provide youth with more energy, better attention and focus, stronger physical and academic development, and the foundation for a lifelong healthy, active lifestyle,” said Stephanie O’Brien, Registered Dietitian and Eat Great and Participate Coordinator. “Yet, we also know there are barriers to accessing and making those healthy choices. We want to hear from youth about what we can do to help them overcome those barriers.”

The Healthy Eating Advisory Council is coordinated and hosted by Eat Great and Participate, a provincial organization that promotes healthy eating to children and youth and works to increase access to healthy food and beverage choices in recreation, sport and community facilities and events across the province.

Eat Great and Participate’s work supports the Province’s ‘The Way Forward’ plan, which outlines a health-in-all-policies approach to help create healthy environments that support and promote health. Specifically, the Healthy Eating Advisory Council will help the Province achieve its targets to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and increase healthy living and physical activity among residents.

“The Council is an opportunity to engage youth directly in our program planning. Their perspective on the many factors and challenges that impact their food and beverage choices is invaluable to making sure we meet their needs,” said O’Brien. “We want to find approaches that will make eating healthy the easy choice for youth and their input through this Council will ensure we’re able to do that.”

There are currently 10 members between the ages of 16 and 21 on the Healthy Eating Advisory Council, coming from all around the province. Those members include:

 

  • Heather Blackmore, Harbour Breton
  • Brooke Blanchard, King’s Point
  • Laura Collis, St. John’s
  • Sami Fisher, Gander
  • Shealah Hart, Northern Arm
  • Amie Jones, Forteau
  • Sarah Knight, Blaketown
  • Emily O’Brien, Bonavista
  • Racheal Powell, Conception Bay South
  • Radhika Verma, Stephenville

The Healthy Eating Advisory Council kicked off in March, which was Nutrition Month, with an online orientation session. Several Council members have already begun advocating for healthy eating in their areas by hosting Nutrition Month events, including Heather Blackmore at King’s Academy and Racheal Powell and her fellow cheerleaders at Villanova Junior High.

“We were amazed by both the number and quality of applications we received from youth interested in joining the Council and we’re delighted that they are jumping on board with so much enthusiasm,” added O’Brien. “We look forward to great discussions, insight and advice from this group of upcoming leaders and healthy eating advocates.”

For more information contact:

Stephanie O’Brien

Eat Great and Participate Coordinator

T: 709-729-4432

E: stephanieobrien@gov.nl.ca

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**Please note: our application selection process is now closed. This page will be updated when we’re accepting new applications.

Are you:

  • between the ages of 16 and 21?
  • looking to get involved in your community?
  • wanting to gain valuable volunteer and health promotion experience?
  • interested in healthy eating?

Then Eat Great and Participate’s Healthy Eating Youth Advisory Council is for you! We’re looking for motivated and engaged youth to help us spread healthy eating messages across the province.

To apply, simply complete our Application Form.

To learn more, check out the Council’s Terms of Reference and Poster, or contact Stephanie at (709) 729-4432 or stephanieobrien@gov.nl.ca.