Our food and drink choices are highly influenced by the food environment which includes the products available, as well as, how they are placed, priced and promoted. Children and youth who are involved in sport have been found to consume more calories, fast food and sugary beverages, than those who do not participate, as the environment at recreation facilities does not always enable making the healthy choice the easiest choice. - Nelson TF, Stovitz SD & Thomas, 2011
There is a movement across the country to recognize the importance of healthy food environments in public recreation facilities. Like many organizations across Canada, the Eat Healthy, Play Healthy initiative is conducting research and producing resources to help the recreation sector build capacity to take action.
Research and success stories have shown that many stakeholders benefit when healthy food and drink choices are carefully incorporated into recreation facilities. Children, youth, adults, seniors, concessionaires, vendors, facility operators and owners can all benefit from offering healthy food and drink choices.
It’s good for business. Creating healthy food environments through availability, placement, pricing and promotion of healthy choices will:
It’s good for health. A healthy diet will:
We are conducting research to determine the current state of food environments in Saskatchewan public recreation facilities. Register online today to participate in a telephone interview, concession, vending and/or marketing assessments for your facilities. By joining, you will receive:
Download an Eat Healthy, Play Healthy brochure here. After you register, the Project Manager will contact you. To learn more about our research, visit our website at (coming soon).
There is a growing list of research and resources to support healthy food and drinks in recreation facilities right across the provinces and more information is becoming available all the time.
Do you have a healthy food and drink success story to share? We would like to learn what worked for your facility. It may be as simple as providing vegetables and fruit at special events. Share your success story today.
Eat Healthy, Play Healthy partners have a vested interest in supporting the health of families living in Saskatchewan. They include the:
Facilities and Training Consultant
Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association