Daycare had no choice but to give kids Ritz crackers…really?

If you haven’t heard about the mother who was fined for not providing a balanced meal for her child at day care, here are some articles to get you up to speed.

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Here is my response to Winnipeg Sun reporter Kristin Annable today. (PDF)

“Despite the fact that a potato is not defined as a grain, registered dietician Susan Watson said that it is a fine substitute.

“There are many starchy vegetables such as potatoes that work in our bodies like a grain,” said the Winnipeg-based dietician. “Canada’s Food Guide is a really good basic tool, but I think you need education on how to use it.” Instead of issuing “fines,” Watson said that education and consultation is needed to help teach staff how to identify a healthy lunch.

“It’s difficult when the people who are doing the ‘fining’ are not dieticians themselves,” she said, stating that having a consultation with a dietician would be a good idea for daycare centres.

Here is the original post on Yoni Freedhoff blog Weighty Matters that brought this to my attention.

Needless to say, the day care is no longer issuing fines for unhealthy meals. They have moved to a hot lunch alternative. Thank goodness because Ritz crackers are not a healthy substitute for a grain serving!

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Susan is passionate about teaching others how to achieve optimal health and wellness by taking the confusion out of nutrition and promoting fun ways to stay active. Susan has been a certified fitness instructor for over 8 years and enjoys teaching yoga, pilates, and fitball classes at Elite Fitness and Dance. However, her main interest in nutrition has led her in the direction of becoming a registered dietitian. Susan completed her undergrad in Human Nutritional Science at the University of Manitoba and has recently completed her dietetic internship with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Currently she is now combining her fitness skills with her nutrition knowledge and offering comprehensive nutritional and lifestyle coaching. Prior to becoming a dietitian, Susan worked as a sales executive for a variety of paint manufactures for over 10 years. She created innovative sales initiatives and marketing programs for corporate and independent retails stores. Now with her knowledge of nutrition and her business experience, she helps restaurants and food service operations create healthier meals options for their customers. Susan is highly involved in community health promotion, as she has been appointed to sit on the Recreation and Wellness Commission of Niverville and the Chair person for the South Eastman RHA District Health Advisory Council Western division. She is the co-founder of former the Niverville Active Living and she has put on many community health promotion activities such as: * Lose It For Life - Weight loss / Lifestyle Transformation program * Family Fitness Month…Win A Will Contest * Niverville Fair ~ Smoothie Booth * Community Cholesterol Reduction Challenge * Cooking On A Budget * Couch Potato Race She is a member of the College of Dietitians of Manitoba, Dietitians of Canada, Manitoba Fitness Council and the Canadian Obesity Network. In her spare time, Susan enjoys cooking for her family, gardening, photography and being physically active outdoors with her husband and friends.
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