The kitchen is traditionally the heart of the home, a gathering place for family and friends. That was in evidence in Heatherington as teens donned aprons and joined city staff and councillors to show off their cooking talents, chopping, slicing, boiling and frying during a cook-off inside the city’s first community kitchen at the Albion-Heatherington Community Centre.
The kitchen will address several big issues facing Canadians, and is a response to an “obesity crisis and epidemic” in Canada, particularly diabetes II rates, which are soaring like never before in the country, said Ottawa South MP David McGuinty. “If we’re going to get to kids who are at risk of making the wrong choices, we need to get to them earlier,” McGuinty said, particularly those between eight and 12 years old. “Every dollar we invest in homework clubs, after-hour sports groups, basketball teams, we save $40 on the back end when it comes to the potential problems of crime, prosecutions, incarcerations, parole, follow-up – that’s very expensive to society. That’s why this is foundational for our community at large.”
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