January 12, 2016
Healthy fuel now offered at arenas in Blandford-Blenheim and Zorra Townships
Fresh smoothies, granola bars, hummus with pretzels and yogurt are some of the new healthy options now being served at community centres in Plattsville, Thamesford and Embro.
In partnership with Oxford County Public Health, recreation facilities in Blandford-Blenheim and Zorra Townships are now offering healthy options at their concession stands alongside traditional arena fare.
Blandford-Blenheim was the first township to offer healthy alternatives in late 2015 in their newly revamped “Goal Mouth Café” at the Plattsville arena. Public Health and recreation facility staff hosted a launch with free smoothie samples to those attending a hockey tournament. It was an opportunity to promote the benefits of healthy fuel before and after physical activity along with the new healthy menu options (see photos).
Zorra Township has also recently started to offer fresh smoothies and healthy snacks at concession stands in Thamesford and Embro Community Centres.
The shift towards healthy options stems from the “Healthy Communities” conversation that was held in 2014 where Public Health met with parents, youth and recreation facility operators in the County about the value of offering healthy food and beverages in public recreation spaces.
Public Health will be evaluating the public’s response to the menu changes and will share the results later in 2016. Municipal operators, facility managers or recreation associations interested in bringing healthy options to their concessions, can contact Oxford County Public Health for more information.
Mike Gorgey, Supervisor of Health Promotion, Oxford County Public Health & Emergency Services
“It’s very exciting to have Blandford-Blenheim and Zorra Township recreation facilities offering some nutritious choices. Arenas have always been viewed as entertainment venues with mostly fried and sugary food and drinks sold at the concession stand. But the reality is kids, adults and families are at the rink for physical activity and it is vitally important to fuel with something nutritious to help the body perform and recover, along with a host of other benefits.”
Above - Katherine Peacock Goodwin, Lily Russell and Emily Shoemaker of the Plattsville Atom House AtoMc Rage
Above - Ken Wood, Manager of Community Services, Township of Blandford-Blenheim Township and Public Health Nutritionist & Registered Dietitian Katie Neil pour smoothie samples
About Oxford County
Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario, Oxford County has a population of approximately 109,000 people across eight municipalities that are “growing stronger together” through a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government incorporated as the County of Oxford. One of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, Oxford County also boasts a rapidly expanding commercial and industrial sector that is bolstered by its choice location at the crossing of Highways 401 and 403. The County is home to a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock. Visit www.oxfordcounty.ca or follow our social media sites at www.oxfordcounty.ca/social. Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at oxfordcounty.ca/strategicplan.
Adam Nyp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
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