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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbridge Herald FOURTH SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, June 12, 1974 Pages 37 46 Improper eating habits ulead to poor nutrition' Soend a half an hour at noon or Meintzer, a father of seven "And proper knowledge and because Not that Dr Meintzer is vegetables has decreased as our he replies promptly to find the easiest most Spend a half an hour at noon or after school in your corner store if you want to know what's wrong with Canadians' health today, a University of Lethbridge nutrition specialist advises Dr Roger Meintzer says Canadians' consumption of soda pop, sweets and junk foods is "truly alarming We're a nation of snackers, he says, rather than eaters of good, balanced rneals In fact so concerned has the chemist become about society's aversion to good eating habits, he is writing a book on nutrition, geared to a layman's non- scientific understanding 'When you're in the corner grocery stores at noon, its the 39 and 69-cent bags of candies the kids are says Dr Meintzer, a father of seven "And in the junior high schools, the lunches brought from home are often tossed into the garbage can so students can buy chocolate bars and potato chips from vending machines for their noon meals He sees the basic problem of Canadians poor nutrition as dual-pronged good nutrition must begin when life begins, and education about biological development must be learned early to establish the habit of eating sensibly 'Right now, the biggest problem is improper and unbalanced meals for children Mothers have the best intentions in the world for their children, but because they don't have the proper knowledge and because they are susceptible to the wrong kinds of convenience foods, they are often feeding their youngsters all the wrong says Dr Meintzer ESSENTIAL YEARS "The first 25 years of your life including the first nine months prior to birth are the building blocks for your body's emphasizes the chemist "Today it seems that middle-aged people are those most concerned with good nutrition They are sensing the onset of aging and have begun to worry about their body, but that s not good enough you can't neglect something for years and then try to make up for that abuse by dieting and jogging when you re 45 Not that Dr Meintzer is discouraging middle-aged fitness, it's just that he'd rather people began the habit from the day one Even the most successful diet in the world isn't retroactive if you've been 30 pounds overweight for 30 years, that excess baggage will have left its mark on your system, even though you do lose it when you re valiantly striving to retain your youth at 50 And while we're 'going to pot' with gay abandon, the pity is that North Americans have an abundance of good food immediately available "we should be the best-fed people in the world, instead we're just says Meintzer Our consumption of vegetables has decreased as our consumption of junk foods has laments the professor "We eat too much meat, and not enough fresh fruits, which we regard as expensive even though we will readily buy a box of potato chips for 65 cents which have only calories to recommend them In 1910, the average North American consumed about two pounds of sugar annually Today, that figure is between 100-110 pounds of sugar or sugar-based products And what does Dr Meintzer suggest to combat all the ravage being done to the human body' 'Getting into the schools with the kind of information that will reinforce good eating habits at he replies promptly "We've got to educate our teachers so they possess nutritional knowledge based on the body's biological and chemical processes That way they can give their students practical, sensible reasons for establishing good eating habits PESSIMISTIC Dr Meintzer feels governments cannot afford to ignore the issue of nutrition any longer because it has close connection with escalating costs for health care as well as physical and intellectual development However. Dr Meintzer does admit to being a little pessimistic "We re all so convenience oriented, so ready to find the easiest most effortless way of doing things We may not want to give up our quick foods our snacks in favor ol more balanced meals which take more time to prepare 'Even when we attempt to lose weight accumulated over several jears we want to do it the easy way on a crash diet rather than sensibly, over a year's time he says The Canada Food Rules, despite their rather stodgy image are the best guide for any homemaker or parent who wants to ensure proper daily nutrition. savs Meintzer The key he adds "is moderation and variety eat the right amounts of milk, meats, cereals fruits and vegetables -The Herald Family Chris Stewart Walhs Allen, the new program co ordmator at the YMCA is as much at home with the "Newfies' in St John's as she is with her Colorado alma mater She learned to love Newfoundlanders when she got her start in her YMCA career in Canada's newest province It all began when she volunteered as a swimming instructor When the program co ordmator resigned she got the job and introduced gourmet cooking courses, crafts, athletics and summer day camps She was just getting her program nicely underway when her husband switched from Memorial University to the U of L with Mrs Allen having to adjust from Atlantic seaboard activities to Prairie interests. The two things she has found different in the operation of the Lethbridge YWCA is the fact it includes a residence quarters plus the fact it offers civic financed programs which she feels is a very good arrangement and perhaps unique in Canada Here the city sponsors certain programs and allows the 'Y' to hire their own instructors, which I feel is very good One thing she would like to see introduced is a day care centre to facilitate working mothers but since the present building doesn t meet the prescribed regulations this can't be realized immediately Mr Walhs believes since the senior citizens complex is to be located across the street from the V WCA programs to facilitate this particular age group should be considered Mrs Annabelle Long s loom is about as "homemade' as ou can get It was fashioned by husband Ernest from pieces of the corral and binder at the families' Spring Coulee farm It was the interest in weaving fostered by Rev Dr Scott of Magrsth United Church that started the flurry of weaving interest south of Lethbridge 15 years ago The minister from Blackie came from a long line of weavers In addition to his regular church duties he taught his male panshoners to make homemade looms and organized weaving classes for the women Enthused by the parson's how to do it instructions Ernest Long set to work fashioning a loom for his wife from bits of the corrall bordering his cow pasture He made the beams 35 inches wide and six inches thick from parts of his binder and the small top rollers from bits of discarded pipe The aprons were made out of the binder s canvass Now retired Mrs Long values her hobbv and her homemade loom more than ever Her only complaint is that husband Ernest painted the loom white rather than leaving it in its natural grain "The wood from the corrall was so beautiful. she savs Call 327-4348 For Rapid Pick-Up Reserve A J Luxury Accommodation For Your Luxury Fur Today J We have the finest vaults to care for your furs and expert consultants to make sure they stay luxurious. 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WKWMdi Woman pilot The first woman pilot to be hired by the British Columbia government, Karen Brynelsen, 29, has started as co-pilot of a Beechcraft turbo- prop and will graduate later to bigger jets Social problems creeping into northern villages EMIL'S CAMP, N W T (CP) Bernadette Immartoi- tuq stood in front of her fam- ily's igloo and tent home, more than 1 000 miles from the cozy Quebec City apart- ment she left last July While she had been working at University as a re- search assistant, her family- had exchanged their life in Ig- loohk an Arctic settlement of 600 for an isolated camp on the Fox Basin The family was in the van- guard of a native back-to-the- lanri rnm-crnent which is try- ing to escape the urban social problems creeping into north- ern communities For Bernadette. who re- turned north because her mother needed help, the ad- justment has not been easy I'm not used to staying with im familv the 19-vear- old Eskimo said in near-per- fect English 'It gets pretty cold sometimes But she and three families were beginning to appreciate their new carved from the frozen barrenlands with onh the bare necessities of 1hc modern age "1 like the quiet bere have to be close in order lo live together here We have lo share even know. 1o be a whole family Otherwise il doesn 1 work share evcrvlhinc. fuel and il somebodv runs mil of a pertain fnod IheolhT families alwavs share She said 1hc ramp miles above the Circle on ihe west roast of Baffin Island it-sown lilllccncrgv rnsjs iasi winter when 1hc> ran short of oil In bum in seal-oil lamps W c hd en 1 run out vc1 but we nearlv did and il was prcltv cold in the lent but now we have plentv The camp also has plentv of food About 100 feel from the dwellings is the commuml-v larder fenced off wilh ice blocks five feet high to keep out sled dogs and wolves 11 is loaded wilh seal meat, ca- ribou and hundreds of arctic char some weighing more than 20 pounds The only concessions to the outside world are rifles, am- munition. an oil stove for cooking tea. flour, and a snowmobile One thing particularly missed by Bernadette. who in her four in southern Canada learned to enjoy the latest in clothing and music, is books She is an avid reader and said she's always out of books Another problem is the lack of accessible medical facil- ities A voung woman recently had complications in pregnancy and a visiting hunter had to be sent on a nire-hour journey across Fox Basin by snowmobile to reach medical personnel in Igloolik. 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