Focus on The Facts for Health and Wellness #FocusOnTheFacts ~ Giveaway 10/28

| September 30, 2016 | 167 Comments

Focus on The Facts

Last weekend my family and I visited the Carp Fair, and played a game with the chance of winning free groceries! The Healthy Canadians booth in association with Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC), Health Canada, Retail Council of Canada (RCC), and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers (CFIG) were the hosts of the fun “Nutrition FACT-O” game. Their participation at this event was part of a larger Nutrition Facts Education Campaign: “Focus on the Facts” where they intend to teach Canadians about making more informed dietary choices.

Anyone with children knows how expensive groceries can be and as I run a daycare the costs can get out of control quickly, so I was immediately drawn to the chance to win up to $300 in free groceries!

 

Focus on The Facts

 

This interactive, educational experience involved a table full of pre-packaged food choices featuring the Nutrition Facts table (NFt) like this one pictured:

  Focus on The Facts

 

The “Nutrition FACT-O” game worked by using the food choices supplied which included canned peaches, cereal and frozen burgers to answer questions based on the nutritional information supplied in the table.

 

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Every time I correctly answered a question I was awarded a chip, at the end of the game I was able to drop these chips into a Plinko style game to win prizes. My Husband, Mother and Father in law all got in on the action but our toddler was only interested in the chips!

Many of us think we understand the nutrition labels on products but simple details can trip us up in our quest to eat better. For instance, lots of people incorrectly calculate the totals in their food choices by basing the amounts on the stated serving size but then consuming more than that, or by not reading the serving size correctly.

Even once you have the serving size correctly measured, how much is considered a “high” or “low” amount of a specific nutrient?

I learned a few tips from the staff on hand at the event such as when considering the daily values of a specific food, a measurement of 5% daily value (DV) or less is considered a little and 15% DV or more is considered a lot. You can check the information for yourself at Canada.ca/NutritionFacts.

Learn more by visiting www.FocusOnTheFacts.ca where you can enter for a chance to win $300 in free groceries (one winner/month!).

The Nutrition Facts table (NFt) is where you’ll find all the pertinent nutritional information on many of the foods you eat and enjoy. Look for it on the back of a range of packaged foods.

 

Focus on The Facts

 

Firstly, check the serving size to see exactly how much of the food item the nutritional amounts are for. Sometimes when comparing two or more choices you may have to do a little math, for instance one food product may be calculated based on 100g of the product whereas the comparison may be calculated for a specific number of items, such as one slice of bread or 14 crackers which only weigh 66g, always make sure you are comparing like with like.

The information found on the table will tell you how many calories, fat, sodium, fibre, sugars and protein are in all the foods you eat. But how much is considered a small amount of protein, how much is a lot of fibre? The #FocusOnTheFacts campaign aims to simplify this question by instructing us all to take a look at the daily values (DV), which are based on 100% of your daily requirements.

The point of paying attention to these numbers is that it educates us, the consumer. The more information we have at hand, the more informed our choices will be. Sometimes we may still decide to eat that burger that has 400mg of sodium or the dessert that has 20% of our DV of fat but at least we have made that choice willingly and can perhaps be extra vigilant in our choices for the rest of the day, after all, when we know better, we do better.

So give it a go yourself, next time you choose a prepackaged food, check for the Nutritional Facts table NFt at Focus on The Facts and stay informed, healthy and educated. 

GIVEAWAY

 

Focus on The Facts

 

Nutrition Facts would like for one (1) lucky Ottawa Mommy Club follower to win a $100 (1) grocery gift card.

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents (except Québec) and

ends at 11:59 EDT on October 28th 2016.

For more chances to win visit Canada.ca/NutritionFacts!

Good luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 + (except Québec). You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here

 

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I’m Fiona Tapp, a Freelance Writer and Educator. I live and work in the city of Ottawa, Canada and originally hail from East London in the United Kingdom. I am an Expert in the field of Pedagogy, a teacher of 13 years and Master’s Degree holder in Education. I write about a variety of topics including parenting, education and travel writing, as well as feminist perspectives and personal opinion pieces. I write articles, essays, business copywriting, Education policies, Government HR documents and commercial web content, as well as fiction and poetry. When I am not writing, I love making playdough cars with my toddler and binge watching new TV shows with my husband.

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  1. Tara Betterley says:

    I took the quiz and got 4/4 – I find it so challenging to understand labels. I need to learn to read the labels better..

  2. Judy Cowan says:

    I got 4/4 right or 100%. I try to read labels all the time when I shop!

  3. Erinn Lishman says:

    I got 75%! I was most surprised that a serving size is not the actual suggested serving!

  4. Jonnie says:

    I got 100% right and I learned about the importance of checking the serving size so you’re getting the right nutrition facts for how much you’re eating.

  5. Florence C says:

    I got 4/4 100%. I learned the a sirloin burger has way more iron than a chicken burger.

  6. Cheryl says:

    I got 4/4 100% I learnt about how it’s important to pay attention to serving size listed on the nutritional Table

  7. Glogirl says:

    I got 100% and learned how important it is to pay attention to labels and take special note of the serving size for which the nutritional values are based on.

  8. sarah alexis says:

    I got 100% on the quiz! 4/4 🙂

  9. jan says:

    I only got three right today…oops.

  10. Lynda Cook says:

    Well I took the quiz and ended up with 3/4 only one wrong

  11. Elaine G says:

    I got 100%. I use the labels all the time so these questions were pretty easy for me.

  12. Dianne G. says:

    I got 100% on the quiz and it is a good review of what I should be looking for on the labels. I like that it shows the best choices for lower sodium etc.

  13. Lisa a. says:

    yay! I got 100%! I love teaching my kids about reading the labels, and I get caught A LOT in the grocery isles… reading the labels, evaluating, deciding, and — putting items back based on label information. Thanks for the great read! Sharing…

  14. em says:

    i got 100%. i never really looked at the nutrients on the labels. I’ll be paying more attention to that now

  15. Carole Dube says:

    I got all 4 right! Thank you!

  16. Linda says:

    I got 75% right and learned that more than 15% DV is a lot.

  17. lori butler says:

    i received 3 of 4

  18. Sherry says:

    I scored 4/4 and found it was easy to use the table to find out a healthier choice.

  19. SweetPanda says:

    I got 100%! I learned that I have to look at and compare the serving size when I look at the nutrition facts

  20. loriag says:

    I got 100% on the quiz, but I took it previously!

  21. Jasen H says:

    I got 100$ on the Quiz. I learned that sometimes the serving size of similar products can vary between brands.

  22. Tricia Cooper says:

    I got them all right (100%). I learned that I need to be on top of this more when grocery shopping to make good food choices for my family!

  23. Caryn s says:

    I scored 75% on the test!

  24. Melissa Marie says:

    100% read the labels and teach kids to read them and about healthy eating

  25. andrea amy says:

    I scored 4/4 100% and I learned its important to read the labels, and not just for the ingredients but for the nutrition info too

  26. Carol M says:

    I got 4/4 learned the importance of reading labels, can be shocking sometimes.

  27. kathy downey says:

    Sadly this are my results
    Your Results
    Overall Average
    Correct 2/4 1.41/4
    Score 50% 35%

  28. Athena says:

    I got 100%. You need to check serving sizes to see what the actual nutrition values are.

  29. Holly OGorman says:

    I got 100%! I learned that a serving size is not the actual suggested serving.

  30. Tina L. says:

    I got 100%. I learned that you have to check the serving serving especially when making comparisons.

  31. Caryn Coates says:

    I got 3/4 75% and learned its important to read labels

  32. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I got 100%. So important that you pay attention to what the label is actually stating.

  33. Maryanne Eyers says:

    I got a 100%! 4/4

  34. Donna L. says:

    I got 100% and learned to check serving size for nutritional values.

  35. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    I scored 100%. I learned that you really need to check serving portions

  36. Jenn says:

    I got 3 questions right. I learned that you should look for food with high daily value of nutrients that you want and less of those you don’t.

  37. Tooth Fairy says:

    I’m sorry the link did not work for me but I did take that quiz once before and only got 25% i am viewing on my mini ipad and the printing was too small, that is my excuse.

  38. ivy pluchinsky says:

    I got 75 percent right, and I learned that everything on the nutrition table is based on the serving size listed at the top.

  39. l p says:

    all correct. learned serving sizes are not always consistent with good intake. thanks

  40. missbobloblaw says:

    I got 100% (yay me!) I was surprised to learn that the suggested serving size can vary between similar products. I’ll have to keep a closer eye on that!

  41. Pam says:

    I got the quiz 100% because I have entered the contest there before. the thing I need to remember is to look at serving size.

  42. Juliee Fitze says:

    I got 75% right and learnt that soup has a lot of sodium in it.

  43. Krista M says:

    I got one wrong — 3/4 — and learned that it’s important to accurately calculate the totals by reading the serving size correctly.

  44. Jenness M says:

    I got 4/4. I learned that 5% Daily Value or less is a little and 15% DV or more is a lot.

  45. CL Chin says:

    i got 2/4 questions!

  46. Mary Gaudet says:

    I got 4/4 correct! I always read labels when I shop!

  47. Jennifer P. says:

    I got 100% (4/4) and I didn’t really learn anything new but it was a great reminder to look at serving size when comparing food items and their nutritional values. Different products with different packaging can use different serving sizes for the same type of product, so it is important to look at the serving size first to really do the product comparison properly – an important but easy first step to forget!

  48. Wendy Jensen says:

    I got 4 out of 4. What I learned the most was that you really have to read the labels.

  49. Jenny says:

    I got 75%

  50. loretta says:

    I got 4/4 right or 100%. I try to read labels all the time when I shop!

  51. Josh Siemens says:

    I got 100% right. I learned that the serving size may differ between similar items for different brands.

  52. Karla Sceviour says:

    I got 100% 4/4 ,yay me! I learned about actual serving sizes.

  53. Caroline says:

    Yay! I got four out of four correct!

  54. ginette4 says:

    I received 75% I learnt that I have to read labels more carefully, couldn’t believed the amount of salt in the question about soup..wow

  55. Amy C says:

    I got 3 out of 4 75&

  56. Amber Y says:

    I took the quiz and got 4 out of 4 – so 100%!! I learned where to draw the line between a lot and a little.

  57. I’ve been reading the labels for a while so I got 4 out of 4!

    Thanks for sharing this important information with us.

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  58. Brenda Penton says:

    I got 100%. I didn’t really learn anything as I’ve learned to read labels around 6 years ago.

  59. BlessedTA says:

    4/4

  60. Nicole B says:

    I got 100%. I learned you have to always look at serving size in order to really get the full idea of nutritional value!

  61. tracy k says:

    i got 100%, and i learned that it’s important to pay attention to the nutrition labels!

  62. angela m says:

    I took the quiz and got 100%

  63. Cassie Fancy says:

    I got 75 % and learned to pay better attention to the serving size for nutrition facts

  64. Angela September says:

    I got 2/4 correct and I learned that I need to pay a lot more attention to serving size!!

  65. Jolie says:

    Got 75% on the quizz.
    It was interesting to compare the labels as the nutritional information varies so much.

  66. Julie bolduc says:

    I got 3 out of 4 75%

  67. Sara Lima says:

    I took the quiz today, and got 4/4; WHOO! 🙂

  68. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I was able to answer all four questions correctly (100%) Yay! It was interesting to learn that the D/V percentages are provided to make it easier to compare different items.

  69. Suzie B (soozle) says:

    I got 100% right and learned about serving sizes and how I should pay more attention to them

  70. Kim K says:

    Yay! I got 4/4 correct. I learned that serving size really matters.

  71. Lin T says:

    100%, There are a lot of information you can get from labels

  72. Shane Smith says:

    I got 100% and it was a very good reminder that you have to pay attention to each label because they are all different serving sizes

  73. Silvia D says:

    got 100%. I have been reading labels for years so didn’t really learn anything new.

  74. Kathleen says:

    I got 3/4 correct, 75%. I learned to read the serving size carefully

  75. Kathy Thorn says:

    I got 100% correct, and I learned the importance of reading the nutrition labeling on packages.

  76. Erin Lewis says:

    I got 100%! I learned that I need to start paying attention to the serving sizes labeled on the product!

  77. Grace S. says:

    4/4 but be careful it can be tricky

  78. michelle tremblett says:

    I got 3/4. I read the nutritional labels when I shop, unless im sneaking a treat then I close my eyes eeekkk lol

  79. nicolthepickle- Nicole Graham says:

    I got 3/4 right. It’s interesting to me that serving sizes vary. Good to pay attention to.

  80. I got 75% or 3/4. I missed the serving size which blew me away.

  81. Kristi says:

    I got 100%. I’ve learned to pay close attention to serving sizes since they can vary quite a bit.

  82. Julie says:

    I got 100% and enjoyed the questions, it’s good to make you think about these things!

  83. Chanel says:

    I got 100%! I didn’t learn anything new but that is because I am majoring in this subject at university

  84. Shelley N says:

    I got 3 out of 4 or 75% correct. Checking the serving size is something that is key.

  85. Tammy Dalley says:

    I got 2/4. I learned to pay more attention to serving size

  86. Edith Rennes says:

    I got 75%…did not pay enough attention to the question unfortunately

  87. Alison Braidwood says:

    I got 4/4. I know my labels.

  88. Sunshine G says:

    3 out of four – which isn’t perfect but not bad…

  89. travelbuds says:

    I got 4/4. I learnt to always check the serving size as it differs all the time.

  90. Janet M says:

    I had 3/4 correct.

  91. Aarone Mawdsley says:

    100%, i learned that serving size differs

  92. Julie D says:

    I got 100% and learned I scored well above average (like a lot of us here) 🙂

  93. Heather Swanson says:

    4/4 right

  94. alison C says:

    Only 50% right. Should really be educating myself!

  95. Donnas says:

    I got 4 out of 4.

  96. Sarahj says:

    I got 100%. I didn’t learn anything. I know a lot about nutritional information.

  97. Leah says:

    I got 100% of the answers right. I learnt that looking at the % daily value is really useful but you have to know how to use it!

  98. Cathy C says:

    I got 100% and I learned you need to pay attention to the portion size.

  99. krysta d says:

    I got 75% – it was interesting to learn the ‘true’ definition of ‘serving size’

  100. maria says:

    I got 4. I learned to watch the serving size info.

  101. kristen visser says:

    I got 4 out of 4. I actually do this one on a daily 🙂 it’s a great contest and helped me to learn how to look at the contents of food items

  102. janine a says:

    4 out of 4, learned that serving size differs

  103. Darren Scrubb says:

    I completed 100%, and I learned how to read a Nutrition Facts Table.

  104. K Yee says:

    I got 4/4. I learned that serving size can vary.

  105. Kim M says:

    I got 4 out of 4 and I learned that vegetable soup has lots of fiber.

  106. Nancy says:

    I scored 100%.

  107. I got 3 out of 4 right

  108. Clare O'Brien says:

    I got 100%!

  109. Edmond says:

    4 out of 4. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. 🙂

  110. tanyab79 says:

    I got all four of them correct.

  111. Joan Brown says:

    I got all of the questions correct.

  112. Shawn M says:

    I got 100% so I learned I know alot already, but can ways learn more down the road.

  113. Carolina says:

    I got 4/4. I learned it is important to read the labels.

  114. K Yee says:

    I got 4 of 4 and learned about the importance of serving size.

  115. AD says:

    I got 4/4, or 100% correct… The one thing I learned was that a recommended portion size is not necessarily what we eat in a “portion” … LOL!

  116. Stephanie says:

    I got 4/4 right! That’s 100%, I always read labels on food that I’m buying!

  117. Lauraleigh says:

    I got 4/4 and I most learned I should pay attention to nutrition labels for daily value

  118. Mike Gismondi says:

    75% – I learned to doublecheck the serving size.

  119. Erica Seaman says:

    I got 4 out of 4 right, and I learned to pay attention to serving sizes.

  120. Jordan O says:

    Got 100% 4/4 questions right

  121. CL Chin says:

    i only got 50% – 2/2 questions.

  122. Mary Warner says:

    I’m going to be more aware of serving size.

  123. ALICIA MILLETTE says:

    I received 100& and learned you must pay close attention to portion sizes

  124. monica says:

    I got 75% and I learned to pay closer attention to the labels.

  125. Mandy says:

    I got 4/4. I was reminded to check the labels more often because even though I know how to read it, I’m often too lazy or in a rush to check.

  126. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I’ve received 4/4. I learned to pay attention to sodium.

  127. BlessedTA says:

    I scored 4/4

  128. Cheryl says:

    I got 3/4 right.

  129. Jessica Bleasdale says:

    I got 100% 😊 important to read labels for the health benefits of my children

  130. I got 75% & learned to pay attention to sodium.

  131. Tracy D says:

    I got 100% :). I read labels often, it’s important to pay attention to serving sizes.

  132. Erin W says:

    I got 100% and I learned that a lot of Canadians don’t know how to read the nutritional labels!

  133. Jana Liu says:

    I got 100%. I learned that you should watch the serving size

  134. Becky Best says:

    I got 75%! I learned that I really have to pay attention to serving size, as it varies from Brand to Brand. 🙂

  135. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    100 percent. I learned out to read these from a nutritionist I seen.

  136. Rebecca Roberts says:

    I got 4 out of 4! I learned that the more fibre a food has, the better

  137. Darwin says:

    I got 4 out of 4 correct! I learned that serving size varies and not always the same.

  138. Dana Miller says:

    I got 100% right. I learned the higher the Daily Value DV percentage the better.

  139. Barb W says:

    I got 100% and learned some info on deciphering labels.

  140. BlessedTA says:

    I got 4/4

  141. Wendy Jensen says:

    I got 100% right and learned that you really have to read carefully the label.

  142. Jackie M says:

    I have gotten 100%!

  143. KellyPC says:

    4 out 4 100%! I learned to pay attention to serving sizes!

  144. Sarah says:

    4/4. Important to distinguish how much sugar is in foods!!

  145. Ron F says:

    I got 100% and I was reminded to always look at the serving size.

  146. Angela says:

    Got 3 out of 4. 75%

  147. Kim Coleman says:

    I got 100%!

  148. Melinda says:

    I got 100%

  149. Tara says:

    I got 3/4 and i have to pay attention to the serving size on the labels.

  150. I got 100 percent! But that kind of makes sense, because I’m a health nut. 🙂 Always trying to pay attention to what I’m eating.

  151. Laurie W. says:

    I got 3/4 or 75% and I learned that the serving size is very important when reading the nutrition label.

  152. Pd Reimer says:

    I got 4 out of 4 right; I learned that I don’t look at labels nearly enough!

  153. Nancy J Montgomery says:

    100%. I learned from other people’s scores that people either don’t read labels well or they don’t care to do the quiz properly.

  154. Linda Svarovsky says:

    I got 75% correct and learned about serving size

  155. Theresa A. says:

    I got them all right, and I always read the labels.

  156. Wanda Tracey says:

    I got 4/4 for 100%. I like to focus on the facts for the best nutrition I can get for my family.

  157. Roselle-Mendoza says:

    I got it 100 % …

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