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How to make the most of your grocery budget

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Shopping Cart View in Supermarket Aisle Milk Yogurt Frozen Food Freezer and Shelves with customer defocus background

The price of food continues to go up.

A weak dollar, climate changes, and consumer trends are expected to keep driving up the cost of our grocery bill this year. The University of Guelph’s Food Institute estimates food bills will rise as much as four per cent in 2016, costing the average household an additional $345. Now more than ever, we need to get the most bang for our food dollar. You can learn these skills with your Bedford/Sackville Community Health Team.

“You have given us a gift of learning how to shop, cook and encouraged our self-esteem,” say community health team clients Lorraine and Carla Jean. “You gave us confidence.”

Lorraine and Carla Jean participated in one of the Community Health Team’s most popular programs, “Making the Most of Your Food Dollar.” This free program focuses on planning meals to balance health, budget, time and food waste through effective planning and shopping techniques. Participants discover the best buys in each of the food groups, delicious receipes using lower-cost ingredients, how to shop like a savings pro and much more.

“Most people do not realize that most grocery store shelf stickers have a unit price on them”, says Community Health Team dietitian Jacklynn Humphrey. “It can be very challenging to figure out what product is really the cheapest when foods come in different size packaging. That is a lot of mental math. The unit price on the sticker tells you how much a product is per unit to allow to you easily compare brands and sizes. This is just one of the things you will learn in our program.”

Eating healthy is expensive, no matter how carefully you plan. Knowing this, the Community Health Teams created all of its programs with this understanding. So, if you go to session on Food for One or Two, Prediabetes, Food Fads or Discovering Your Best Weight, all Community Health Team programs are built on practical, lower cost ways to eat as healthy as you can afford. All programs are free, offered in multiple community locations. No referral is required. Programs run during the day and in the evenings.

“It’s free and that made a difference because I could not afford other programs,” says one client. “I’ve been to many classes offered by the Community Health Team, like physical activity, nutrition and weight management. I’ve enjoyed every one of them.”

The Community Health Teams offer many free programs to help support clients to better manage their health: programs on physical activity, emotional wellness, parenting, managing risk factors and nutrition. To register for an upcoming program call 902-460-4560 or register online at www.communityhealthteams.ca.

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