The problems associated with nutrition are so large that even communities doing relatively well still need help. Recent studies indicate that nearly 70% of Northern students do not consume enough fruits and vegetables for optimal health; as well, many do not reach the daily dairy servings recommended by the Canada Food Guide, putting them at risk for cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases. Children are too often overfed and undernourished.
Inadequate nutrition leads to poor concentration, classroom behavioural issues, higher absenteeism, low self esteem and reduced scholastic success. Healthy food provides the nutrients children need to be attentive and enthusiastic in school, increasing their ability to concentrate, learn and develop into outstanding adults.
Education is our primary focus as an organisation "Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day, teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime" is the core philosophy of our organisation. In the NWT we are currently operating the Taste Makers cooking programwhich complements the existing curriculum and brings it to life, we are looking to bring this into Nunavut in the near future.