Supportive Food Environments in Saskatchewan Public Recreation Environments
There is a movement across Canada to recognize the importance of supportive food environments in public recreation facilities. The Eat Healthy, Play Healthy initiative is conducting research and producing resources to help the recreation sector build capacity to take action in Saskatchewan.
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 drinks, than those who do not participate, as the food environment in recreation settings does not always enable making the healthy choice the easiest choice (Nelson TF, Stovitz SD & Thomas, 2011).
Why it is Important?
Research and success stories have shown that people benefit when healthy food and drink choices are carefully incorporated into recreation settings. 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:
increase sales of healthy food and drinks;
protect profits, and;
improve the selection of healthier products from suppliers.
It’s good for health. A healthy diet will:
improve energy levels and performance;
improve concentration and focus;
improve productivity and reduce absenteeism;
reduce disease risk, and;
improve overall well-being.
To access Eat Healthy, Play Healthy's data, visit the University of Saskatchewan's website here (link coming soon). Research from other provinces and territories can be found at Stay Active Eat Healthy.
Resources to Get You Started
There is a growing list of research and resources to support healthy food and drinks in recreation settings right across the provinces and more information is becoming available all the time.
Use the *NEW* Government of Saskatchewan’s Healthy Foods for my Recreation Setting – Nutrition Standards and Getting Started to determine healthy foods and drinks to offer in your recreation setting. Print or order your copies today.
Post the *NEW* nutrition posters in your recreation setting. Print or order your copies today.