Healthy Snacks Policy
Obesity and nutrition-related diseases are on the rise in North America, even amongst athletes. North Toronto Soccer Club feels that promotion and modelling of healthy eating habits and balanced lifestyles to members of our Club can play a crucial part in this issue. Whether as Players, Parents, Team Officials, Game Officials or as Supporters we all have a part to play. With the support of The OSA Club Excellence program, NTSC is committed to helping improve the well-being of our community and in doing so have implemented a Healthy Snack Policy since March 2012.
A Healthy Snack Policy empowers participants to nourish their bodies in appropriate quantities and at appropriate times, limiting ingredients that will impede performance or wellness. Children learn about healthy eating at school and need a supportive environment, both at home and in the community, to help put those lessons into action. North Toronto Soccer Club will help make this happen.
Community sports also provide adults with an opportunity to become role models for healthy eating. As such, the expectation is that snacks during or after games, pre-game meals and post-game meals are to be healthy. Healthy foods and beverages are those that fall within Canada’s Food Guide and align with the information linked to below. NTSC's Healthy Snack Policy is maintained regardless of:
Activity - Game, Practice, Training, Camp
Playing level (Competitive or Recreational)
Location (Home or Away)
An overview about the relationship between energy and physical activity:
For further information on providing proper nutrition and maintaining a balanced lifestyle, please refer to the excellent information on these bulletins from Eat Right Ontario, produced by the City of Hamilton and endorsed by the Ontario Soccer Association.