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Government of Canada partnership helps families eat healthy with new recipes

January 16, 2014 For immediate release

Toronto – On behalf of the Honorable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Eve Adams, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, was joined by Canadian Chef Christine Cushing today to demonstrate how to make one of the new recipes from the Government of Canada’s Eat Well campaign.

Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams and Chef Christine Cushing led a cooking session with representatives from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The Speedy Flatbread Pizza that they prepared is one of 12 family-friendly recipes now posted on both the Healthy Canadians and the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s websites.

The Government is committed to providing information to Canadians that will help them make healthy food choices. As part of the Eat Well campaign, twelve recipes developed especially for Canadian families by a Canadian Heart and Stroke dietitian were released today.

The cooking demonstration was held at the Forest Hill Loblaw’s cooking school, in Toronto, Ontario. Loblaw is a member of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC), a collaborator in the campaign. RCC participating members, including Sobeys, Metro, Costco, Walmart, Federated Co-operatives, Co-op Atlantic and Safeway, are all promoting healthy eating and food skills through such activities as in-store signage, hand-outs, nutritionist-led events, and Facebook and Twitter messages.

Quick Facts Quotes “These Eat Well recipes will help Canadian families learn how to make healthy food choices and improve their cooking skills. Our Government is committed to providing Canadians with information that will help them and their families make healthy food choices.”

Eve Adams Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Health Canada to offer these healthy and delicious recipes to Canadians. We think this is a great way to educate consumers on healthy eating and improve their food skills in the process.”

Terry Dean, Director Health Check The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada “At Loblaw we are always looking for ways to support Canadians in their quest to live a healthier lifestyle. We are happy to support the Eat Well Campaign as it complements many of our in-store products and service.

Alexis Williams Senior Director, Wellness Loblaw Companies Limited “It is an honour for me to be a trustworthy resource to Canadian families as part of the Eat Well Campaign. My mission is to get more kids involved with shopping and cooking because this will help create good habits and an appreciation for food. These recipes are a great way for Canadians to share that family cooking experience.”

Christine Cushing Canadian Chef and Eat Well Champion Associated Links Contacts Health Canada Media Relations (613) 957-2983

Michael Bolkenius Office of the Honourable Rona Ambrose Federal Minister of Health (613) 957-0200

Public Enquiries: (613) 957-29911-866 225-0709

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