Bon Appétit at HealthAchieve

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Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.

-Hippocrates

There’s a reason food, healthcare, wellness and our environment are so closely linked. This year’s HealthAchieve, the top healthcare convention in Ontario, digs into this tasty subject with a special session:

Bon Appétit – Sustainable Food in the Health Care Environment

Monday, November 6th, 2017
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room 717AB, MTCC, South Building

I have the honour of facilitating this session and am extremely keen to hear from our panelists. This interactive session looks at food from four perspectives (or four courses):

  • Climate Change Resiliency
  • Does Your Food Have a Drug Problem?: Antibiotics Stewardship
  • Project SOIL: Gardens as Health Care at Ontario Institutions
    • Irena Knezevic of Carleton University
  • You Are What You Eat: Food as Medicine, Culture, and Health

So yes, expect lots and lots of food for thought. Stay tuned for next week’s story where we share what we learned. Better yet, see you at HealthAchieve!

 

Let’s GROW!

I am thrilled and delighted to introduce our first wheelchair accessible garden at Toronto Rehab, Bickle Center! We’re calling it GROW, for Garden Rehab On Wheels. A lot of green thumbs and grey matter went into designing this new venture. See for yourself!

This is the stellar Green Team after our first meeting of the season – our gardening champions are from recreational therapy, speech language therapy, nursing, clinical nutrition, spiritual care, volunteer resources, maintenance, management and administration.

The TR Bickle Green Team received funding from TD Friends of the Environment to Continue reading

Going to Seed (but in an heirloom and open-pollinated way)

As I mentioned in Garden Team in a Pickle, most hospital staff spend a good portion of their days washing, scrubbing and otherwise sanitizing their hands. When the day is done, it’s nice to dig in the rich, squishy dirt (after hours, not during surgery). But before we can dig, we need to plant some seeds, which become seedlings, which become plants (vague memories of 4th grade science class). Luckily, there’s a fantastic event taking place at Scadding Court Community Centre, home of our UHN Real Food Garden: Seedy Saturday, March 19th!.

2016 Seedy Saturday Poster (2)

This is a perfect start to the Continue reading