Healthy Eating
Every athlete – competitive or recreational – needs fuel, fluids and nutrients to perform at his or her best. Physical activity, athletic performance and recovery from exercise are enhanced by nutritious choices.

While many Manitoban families spend countless hours each week at sports and recreation facilities, those facilities often don’t offer a selection of healthy food choices for meals and snacks at their canteens and concessions.

The goal of “Move to Healthy Choices” is to provide awareness, education and make available resources to encourage nutritious food choices in recreation facilities where families live, learn and play. “Move to Healthy Choices” builds on recent efforts by schools across Manitoba to develop and implement healthy food policies. The toolkit was developed by the Healthy Food Choices for Community Recreation Facilities Committee in 2008.

We hope the following facilities will use this toolkit to improve the food choices they serve:
  • Arenas
  • Youth Centres
  •  Curling Rinks
  •  Community Centres
  •  Outdoor and Indoor Pools
  •  Bowling Alleys
  •  Outdoor Sports Fields
  •  Community Special Events

A healthy eating environment reinforces and supports positive messages about nutrition, sports, performance and well-being. By offering nutritious foods in recreation facilities we encourage and create opportunities for people to make healthy choices.

We have representatives from Prairie Mountain Health, Recreation and Regional Services, Westman Recreation Practitioners Association and Manitoba  School Nutrition Support Team.

A healthy eating environment reinforces and supports positive messages about nutrition, sports, performance and well-being. By offering nutritious foods in recreation facilities we encourage and
create opportunities for people to make healthy choices.

Click here for more information on how to make postitve healthy changes in your community.
Move to Healthy Choices TOOLKIT

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Did you know...

Healthier food choices can reduce the risk for chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, or cancer. We know children are often exposed to environments that do not support healthier food choices, in addition, many children are not consuming enough vegetables and fruit each day, which negatively affects their health. There is a growing trend in Manitoba and nationally to improve the eating environments where we live, learn, work, and play. By changing the environments, we can support people to make healthier choices.
Recreation facilities, whether they are pools, arenas, or community centres, should take this opportunity to support the health and wellbeing of our community. Recreation facilities already support healthy lifestyles through physical activity and social networking, so they should also be a key place to support healthy choices of food and beverages. Many believe that offering healthy choices will only result in revenue losses, but that is not always the case. If done strategically, according to the facility’s needs, healthy choices can also lead to profits.

As the MOVE to Healthy Choices Committee we are asking your organization and or municipal council to consider developing a nutrition policy to ensure your facility will offer healthy food choices. This may be as simple as offering choices of healthy foods at your committee meetings, in your concession stands, vending machines, or at a community gathering.
Don't know where to start...
Check out these policies for some ideas!
Nutrition Policy Guidelines
Example #1
Example #2
Example #3
When planning the food for a tournament or competition day, consider offering healthier options.

The athletes and families will appreciate having the option for better choices. Packaging and promoting them in an appealing way will increase sales.
Click for some ideas on how to get started...
Tournament Menu Ideas
MTHC Recipes