For 2019 the theme for World Food Day is “making healthy and sustainable diets affordable and accessible to everyone” (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). World Food Day has been annually observed since 1981 and is aimed at tackling global hunger (World Food Day Canada). In developed countries, such as Canada, diets have moved to highly processed, sugar-filled, and refined products sourced from fast food vendors and supermarket prepared meals. In spite of these options being easy and accessible for our busy lives, they are not providing essential nutrients that our bodies need to develop and age gracefully.
The result of these unhealthy diets and habits is an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even some cancers. For this reason, we put together these strategies that aging adults can consciously apply to have healthy and sustainable diets be a part of their daily routine.
Make Food Choices that Support Healthy and Sustainable Diets
While it may be tempting to just order a pizza and 2L of pop right to your door for dinner, it is not the healthiest choice you can make. Especially if you do it frequently. These pre-prepared options often contain ingredients that aren’t the most nutritious. And, they tend to contain preservatives and processed components. Using Canada’s Food Guide is a great way to refresh yourself on what a healthy meal should look like.
To make healthier food choices, keep these things in mind when you choose your meals.
How to Identify Sustainable Food Choices in Calgary
“A sustainable food system is a collaborative network that integrates several components in order to enhance a community’s environmental, economic and social well-being.” Definition of a Sustainable Food System
Maintaining healthy and sustainable diets requires mindful food choices. Sustainable food is defined as food that is safe and healthy or that has a lower environmental impact.