Healthy Choices, Happy Kids
With the support of the local Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Algoma Public Health and #ActiveSault, the City of Sault Ste. Marie is pleased to announce that it is now offering healthier options at municipal community centres concessions.
“The City of Sault Ste. Marie recognizes the importance of acting on factors that impact the health of our children and the environment in which we live, work and play,” says Robert Santa Maria, Essar Centre Manager. “Creating healthier municipal facilities is a positive step towards ensuring our children are starting on the right path to health; one that helps to prevent chronic diseases and helps to ensure our community thrives.”
In 2015, Algoma Public Health (APH) surveyed consumers in the area. “83% of respondents said they would like to see more healthy food and drink options in recreation facilities, and 74% of these respondents said they would be willing to spend more for healthy food choices,” states Lindsay Fera, Registered Dietitian.
Items that can be found at community centre concessions include real fruit smoothies, yogurt, crackers and cheese, hummus and fresh fruit.
“Transforming municipal facilities into environments that support and encourage healthy choices will have a positive, sustainable impact on the overall health of the community,” says Jennifer Amadio, Community Development and Partnership Coordinator.
Youth hockey players participating in this weekend’s Steel Blades hockey tournament will have the opportunity to sample the new healthier choices menu all weekend. On Friday November 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. representatives from Algoma Public Health and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge will be at the John Rhodes community centre with vouchers that can be redeemed at the concessions.