CAW's Family Education Centre Wins EatSmart Award

August 10, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

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The cafeteria at the CAW's Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, Ontario has been recognized for providing healthier eating choices.

On August 10, Chef Paul Johnston and the centre's Executive Director Dean Fowler were presented with the provincial EatSmart! Award of Excellence. The award acknowledges workplace cafeterias demonstrating excellence in nutrition, food safety and a smoke-free environment.

The special recognition comes as a result of the hard work of the centre's joint health and safety committee. The cafeteria offers lower fat, lower salt and higher fibre food choices along with the chef's commitment to using local foods whenever possible. Johnston said he's also very excited to be using the centre's new fresh organic herb garden.

"This is a great honour as this award is very difficult to achieve and working with the Grey Bruce Health Unit has been a great asset to the CAW Family Education Centre," Johnston said.

"Healthy eating is the first line of defense against chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers," said Grey Bruce Public Health Dietitian Kathryn Forsyth. "We are pleased to see CAW make this commitment to creating a healthier eating environment," Forsyth said.

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