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Health unit MOH, staff, join “Eat the Math” challenge

Dec 09, 2014
Simcoe Muskoka Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner will be among the participants in a Midland event that will see them eating nothing but the contents of a food bank hamper for a week.

Simcoe Muskoka Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner will be among the participants in a Midland event that will see them eating nothing but the contents of a food bank hamper for a week.

The Eat the Math challenge has been organized by the Karma Project, a food co-op in Penetanguishene, using a typical emergency food hamper. Karma Project is running the challenge to help promote their annual Christmas drive to raise funds to supply fresh local foods for area food banks and la Maison Rosewood Women’s Shelter.

Dr. Gardner will be joined by two other staff members of the health unit, along with Midland mayor Gord McKay, who is also a member of the board of health, Penetanguishene mayor Gerry Marshall, local school teachers and others.

Food security has been a focus of a number of health unit programs. Many families and individuals of lower income have difficulty in accessing healthy food that they can afford. Over time this is harmful to their health and wellbeing. Food security is a term that covers a broad range of issues, from income levels to the local food supply chain and municipal planning decisions. All those factors can become barriers to healthy food choices.

Dr. Gardner emphasized that the campaign provided “a more personal means of gaining and promoting understanding of the health impacts of poverty.”

Participants in the challenge will be posting daily updates about their experiences on social media. The health unit team will be using Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Facebook (facebook/simcoe.muskoka) and Twitter accounts (@SMDhealthunit) to post their thoughts.

More information on food security can be found on the health unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.

Details on the food drive and the Eat the Math campaign can be found at www.thekarmaprojectinc.com.

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