The Health Centre wants to provide some ideas for inexpensive eating and options for you to consider when planning low cost food. Just like organization will assist you in being a better student, so attention to detail and budgeting will assist you in healthy eating throughout your time here in Lethbridge.
It is a fact of life that money only stretches so far. Don't wait until the end of the semester to think about inexpensive eating options. Use your common sense to deal with food issues throughout the semester. For example, you can't survive on noodle soup through the last six weeks of a semester. And remember, there are many people who will help you, if you let them know you need assistance.
1) Think Ahead - Be a Conscious Eater and Plan Your Meals
AND REMEMBER 1-2 LITRES OF WATER PER PERSON PER DAY IS A HEALTHY CHOICE.
2) Know Your Food Budget
If you know how much money you can spend per week, it is easier to stay within your budget.
Every Monday, Food Services post the menu for the week outside Coulee Junction and on their website. Look it over and PLAN YOUR HEALTHIEST CHOICES. You can also request to view the binder which outlines fat content and healthy choices. Choose Wisely!
Either formally or informally, you can join a community kitchen. Informal COMMUNITY KITCHENS are groups of people getting together to share food. If you make a lasagne, and a friend makes a stew and someone else a casserole, get together, divide up the meals and each of you have interesting meal options throughout the week, instead of the same thing all week.
You can also FORMALLY JOIN A COMMUNITY KITCHEN GROUP. Please call ROSEMARIE RENWICK AT 403-382-6666 for a full explanation of how these community kitchen run. Community Kitchens are a great way to make CHEAP NUTRITIOUS FOOD!
Explore the FOOD BANKS in Lethbridge, see if you qualify for this service- for example the Interfaith Food Bank is at 1116 3 Ave North (phone 403-320-8022) and requires that you drop by between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. with your Alberta Health Care Card and some papers to show your source of income (i.e., student loan information). They will then assist you to register for their service Lethbridge Food Bank Society is at 1016 2 Ave S, (phone 403-320-1879). You can register between 10:00-12:00 and 1:00 to 3:30 with your AHC care and proof of income.
You can also book an appointment with a doctor at the Health Centre (SU020, phone 403-329-2484) to discuss your dietary problems (high cholesterol, low weight, weight loss and other issues). You can also ask the nurse for pamphlets on a variety of diet-related health concerns and for healthy eating ideas.