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Create a Ripple of Positive Change this #NutritionMonth

March 8th, 2018 No Comments
Food has limitless potential. Since #NutritionMonth’s official launch on March 1st, I have pondered what all of this means to me more deeply, hmmmm. I have an interesting perspective, as I run the campaign. I feel like an osprey in her nest that looks out watching it unfold: fellow colleagues using and sharing the resources in their respective circles in their own way making it come to life.

I marvel at the reach and breadth of every aspect of the campaign – there is pick up in hospitals, health clinics, public health departments, health organizations, professional organizations, human resource departments, government offices, fitness clubs, schools, universities, colleges, farmer’s markets, grocery stores, companies and soars on social media and in the press. I feel heartened with what I observe. Each person who takes part creates ripples in the sea of positive change, resulting in a nutrition tsunami!

I am in awe of my RD colleague’s enthusiasm influencing change from coast to coast – their events, connections with others, their commitment, their enthusiasm. If anyone ever says to me that 1 person cannot make a difference, I scoff. My experience running Nutrition Month has demonstrated time and time again that when you collectively combine everyone’s efforts you synergize the outcome with compound interest.

I witnessed one such highlight recently from Adrianna Smallwood’s team, one of the Regional Representatives in Newfoundland. She tweeted:

Thank you Mayor Carol McDonald!!! Not only did the Town of @PCSPnl proclaim March #NutritionMonth but they also adopted a Healthy Eating Policy for the Town during their Council Meeting last night! Amazing work @PCSPnl ! @EatGreatNL @DietitiansCAN @Sust_Nutrition

Now that’s the power of what one team can do – influence positive change, especially policy – amen sisters! By the way, this Newfoundland team applied and successfully received numerous proclamations in their region for Nutrition Month and Dietitians Day. I am lucky to work with all of the fabulous teams from coast to coast.

I know the line “Stronger Together” might sound cliché; nonetheless, I witness this each and every year as people join in. It certainly is true.

If you haven’t joined in Nutrition Month yet, consider taking part even in some small way. You can influence people in YOUR circle. What are you waiting for? Share how Canadians can Unlock the Potential of Food. Start with you and your family, your neighbour, your workplace. Just start! Together we are helping Canadians discover the potential of food to enhance lives, improve health, inspire children, fuel activities and bring people together. It doesn’t get any better than that!

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