Ever get frustrated by food and nutrition?

Maybe you can’t figure out why you feel bloated after eating certain foods, whether fad diets are effective or not, why your family mealtimes are mayhem, or how to eat healthy on a budget. I call these “food fights” – they represent times when you struggle with yourself or others about what to eat.

Part of my job as a dietitian is to coach people to calm these food fights, so I am excited that the theme for Nutrition Month in March 2017 is “Take the Fight out of Food”.

Dietitians of Canada is empowering Canadians to improve their relationship with food in three steps:

  1. Spot the problem. Identify or define the specific nutrition problem that needs to be solved, since it’s causing a fight with food.
  2. Get the facts. Decide what needs to be done to solve the problem, using reliable and credible sources.
  3. Seek support. Put the plan into action with support from family, friends, a dietitian and other members of the health care team if needed.

You can take action right now by committing to Take the Fight out of Food. You’ll also find recipes, local Nutrition Month event listings, and more.

Here’s what is going on at UBC Vancouver for Nutrition Month:

Nutrition Jeopardy Round 1 | March 2

Celebrate the start of Nutrition Month with friendly competition and free healthy snacks! We will form teams and have a nutrition-themed jeopardy showdown. There will be prizes for the winning team. I will be there to lead the event and answer your nutrition questions. Event is subject to capacity of the lounge – first come, first served.

Who: All students living in residence
When: Thursday, March 2, 7:45 – 8:45pm
Where: Media Centre, Marine Drive Global Lounge

Nutrition Jeopardy Round 2 | March 6

This jeopardy event is in support of a UTown@UBC Wellbeing Grant for the UBC Food Skills Development Workshop Series. These grants are awarded to projects that demonstrate a commitment to promoting the wellbeing, health, and social sustainability of UBC’s people and environments. So come out, be social, and learn more about healthy eating – all while having some fun!

Who: UBC Students, Faculty and Staff
When: Monday, March 6, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Where: Marine Drive Ballroom

Wellness Peers & RA Training | March 7

This is a closed session dedicated to training UBC Wellness Peers and Resident Advisors and Managers. They will learn about how nutrition is related to mental health, how to talk to students about nutrition, and evidence-based resources for students to refer to.

Nutrition Month Recipe Contest | March 15-31

Chop, dice and sauté your way to UBC Food Services fame! Submit your favourite vegetarian entree recipe for a chance to win a $50 UBC Food Services Gift Card. The winner and two friends will also work with UBC Executive Chef David Speight to perfect your recipe and have it featured at a UBC Food Services outlet for the whole campus to enjoy!

We are looking for healthy, simple, budget-friendly vegetarian recipes. Full contest details and entry form is here.

This contest is part of a campus-wide initiative to support the health and wellbeing of our UBC community and to work toward creating a nutritionally sound campus. For more information, please check out the Action Framework for a Nutritionally Sound Campus.

Who: UBC students, staff, faculty, community members, and alumni
When: Entries accepted March 15-31, 2017

Move Out Prep: Food & Nutrition | March 20

Moving out and want to learn simple recipes to get you through a busy school year? Wondering what staples to buy for your pantry? Join me and Ilan Wright, dietetics student and Red Seal Chef, for a one-hour event that will help you thrive after moving out. We’ll learn how to make an easy grab and go breakfast, a healthier version of instant noodles, and more. P.S. there will be snacks!

Who: First year students living in residence
When: Monday, March 20, 4:45 – 5:45pm
Where: Totem Park Ballroom

Sustainable Eating & Wellbeing | March 22

This event is being put on by the Sustainability Ambassadors. At the Eat Well Workshop I’ll be doing a presentation on label reading (helpful for anyone who shops for groceries!) and our Culinary Director, Chef David, will demonstrate a healthy recipe in CIRS 2321. In the afternoon, you’ll have an opportunity to use a blender bike in the CIRS Atrium, plus other cool activities planned by the Wellness Peers.

Who: UBC Students, Faculty and Staff
When: March 22

11:00-12:30pm | Eat Well Workshop with an Interactive Demo and Talk with myself and Chef David
12:30-2:30pm | Learn to De-Stress with the Wellness Peers
2:00-3:30pm | Plan Well Talk about Sustainable Lifestyles
4:00-5:00pm | Play Well Yoga Session

Where: CIRS 2321 and CIRS Atrium

Learn to Grocery Shop |  Various Dates 

Take the fight out of grocery shopping by signing up for a grocery store tour! Grocery stores can be intimidating, with so many choices available. On this free one-hour tour, UBC dietetics students will teach fellow students how to shop for delicious, nutrient-rich food on a budget.

Who: UBC Students
When: Multiple tours daily
Where: Save-On-Foods, 5945 Berton Ave

If you have questions or want more details about any Nutrition Month events, please email me. And don’t forget to wish me a happy Dietitians’ Day on March 15!

Melissa Baker, MHSc, RD
Manager, Nutrition and Wellbeing

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