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Are you what you eat? New Food for Heath Exhibition at the Saskatoon Western Development Museum

Published: Feb 1, 2013

Food is a topic of endless discussion. It’s something we can’t do without and it can also be a source of great enjoyment. Is there anything as personal or as important as the foods we choose to eat each day? Our health depends to a large extent on what we eat. The Food for Health exhibition takes a fresh look at the foods we eat and answers many of the questions Canadians have about their food choices, about food safety and about the role food plays in ensuring good health.

This 140-square-metre bilingual travelling exhibition, which features fun hands-on activities, multimedia displays, historical artifacts and graphics, opens at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon on February 3 and runs until March 31, 2013.

Food for Health’s companion bilingual website www.foodforhealth.ca makes the exhibition’s important ideas and knowledge available to many more millions of Canadians, including school children and Canadians living in more remote areas. In addition, an educational program “Chews Wisely”, is available for teachers at www.wdm.ca.

The Food for Health exhibition and website are presented nationally by the Canada Agriculture Museum (CAgM), in Ottawa. The exhibition has been on display at Telus World of Science, Edmonton, AB, the Okanagan Science Centre, Vernon, BC, Telus World of Science, Calgary, AB, the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre, Medicine Hat, AB, the Manitoba Children’s Museum, Winnipeg, MB, the Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, ON, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, Ottawa, ON, the Pier 21 Museum, Halifax, NS, Musée du Fjord, La Baie, QC, the Langley Museum, Langley, BC, the Red Deer Museum + Art Gallery, Red Deer, AB, and the Western Development Museum, Moose Jaw, SK.

The Food for Health exhibition can be visited Tuesday to Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. from February 3 to March 31 at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon and online at www.foodforhealth.ca. After its run in Saskatoon, the Food for Health exhibition will reach more Canadians as it continues its travels across Canada.

“The Food for Health exhibition and website are significant achievements for the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation,” and its partners, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and the Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education says CSTMC CEO Denise Amyot. “We are dedicated to bringing the important and up-to-date information of Food for Health to Canadians wherever they may live.”

The Food for Health exhibit is sponsored locally by Conexus Credit Union and Saskatoon Coop.

“As a long-standing community partner with the WDM, we’re proud to be sponsoring this exhibit,” says Brad Fennig, vice president of retail services, Conexus. “At Conexus, we value youth development and community revitalization. The WDM and the Food for Health exhibit support these values by providing interactive learning experiences that are not only educational, but are directed towards enhancing lifestyles and overall social wellbeing.”

Conexus Credit Union is Saskatchewan's largest and Canada's sixth largest credit union. Conexus has $4.7 billion in total funds managed and approximately 118,000 members. Over 900 employees and sales professionals serve at 59 locations throughout the province.

They offer members a complete range of financial solutions including credit union banking services, financial planning, investments; and insurance and mortgage brokerage through their subsidiaries.

Saskatoon Co-op donates to a wide range of community organizations that contribute to the social, cultural and recreational needs of the community. Saskatoon Coop has donated to hundreds of local community groups over the past few years, including: The Friendship Inn, The Food Bank, Child Hunger and Education Program, Nutrition Positive, Everybody’s Playground, Care and Share, Seniors’ Bus Program, Co-op Youth Camp, 4-H, Secret Santa, and the Saskatoon Preschool Foundation. The Charity Brunch program allows local groups to increase public awareness and receive a donation based on the number of brunches served. As part of the community, Saskatoon Coop tries to operate in a responsible, quiet and considerate manner.

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For media inquiries, please contact:

Jason B. Wall
Manager, Saskatoon WDM
Ph: (306) 931-1910
jwall@wdm.ca

Warren Clubb
Research/Library Coordinator
Ph: (306) 934-1400
wclubb@wdm.ca

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