New Canada Food Guide 2019

The new Canada Food Guide released in January 2019 uses a plate image, half filled with fruit and vegetables, one quarter with protein foods, and one quarter with whole-grain foods, alongside a glass of water, with the recommendation to “make water your drink of choice”. The guide stresses that “healthy eating is more than the foods you eat”, recommending mindful eating, cooking from scratch, taking time to enjoy food and eat in company with others, limiting sodium, sugars and saturated fat, using food information labels on packaged food, and being aware of food marketing.

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Foodshare: Gardening with Children

Gardening with young children can be a joyful experience for child and adult to share. Let go of adult notions of “gardening success”; for children, it is the process that is important, joining in the work, looking touching, smelling, engaging directly with soil and plants. Click here for a variety of ways to engage infants and toddlers in gardening experiences.

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BC Government 2019 budget and TogetherBC poverty reduction plan

The BC Government put forward a budget in February with significant impacts for families, and on March 18 released a poverty reduction plan, TogetherBC, which brings together a number of policy changes the provincial government have made since 2017 that are hoped will reduce overall poverty in the province by one-quarter and cut child poverty in half in the next five years.

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Best Start: Parent-Baby Playing Helps Build Brains

The Best Start: Healthy Baby Healthy Brain website offers a group of three short videos showing interactive play between parents and their babies and toddlers: Everyday Play, Play using all the Senses, and Language, numbers and play. The ideas incorporated in the videos demonstrate the type of play of which new parent-baby interaction brain-echoing research is confirming the value.

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CMHA: Bounce Back® BC

Bounce Back® is a free online and one-to-one coaching program for teens and adults with mild to moderate depression, ages 15 and up. With coaching available in English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi, this accessible new program has been developed by the Canadian Mental Health Association: BC Division in partnership with the BC Provincial Health Services Authority.

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University of Manitoba/Stanford University: Multi-generational effects of teenage motherhood

Further exploring research that has shown that children born to adolescent mothers generally perform more poorly on school readiness assessments than their peers born to adult mothers, a broad-based study published in February of this year explores links between lower school readiness for the children and grandchildren of women who gave birth in their teens, demonstrating multi-generational effects.

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Alberta Family Wellness: Learning Cards

Working with the Frameworks Intitute to find phrasing that is accessible and meaningful to a general audience, Alberta Family Wellness (AFW) has produced a set of attractive and concise Learning Cards outlining in positive language how early experiences build brains. Each card is centred on one of the selected descriptive terms: Brain Architecture, Toxic Stress, Air Traffic Control, Serve & Return, and Resilience.

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