Healthy eating costs more now

cent in the past 10 years. Every year since 2003 the EOHU does a “snapshot” analysis of 67 food items listed in the guidelines of the Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide to determine the cost for a “nutritious food basket” for families and individuals in Eastern Ontario. In 2003 a family of four spent about $125 each week on its “nutritious food basket”. Last year’s survey showed the cost for that basket now averages $190 a week. That does not include convenience food items, eating out at restaurants, ordering take-out, or having company over to share a meal. The EOHU report notes that low-in-

come and limited-income households have to balance groceries with other expenses like rent and utilities and make sacrifice healthy eating choices to deal with those necessities. The EOHU has launched an online Direc- tory of Local Food Programs and Services through its website at

The directory lists Green Box programs, food banks, Meals on Wheels, and other sources of help for residents who need aid in providing nutritious food at a reasonable cost. Information on these programs is also available from the EOHU by phone toll-free at 1-800-267-7120.


The price for good health in the Five Coun- ties is adding up at the grocery counter. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) released its annual review of the cost for residents to follow Canada’s Food Guide when shopping for good nutritious food. In the United Counties of Stormont, Dun- das and Glengarry (UCSDG) and the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR), the cost of healthy eating has increased 52 per

Garage saling for a good cause

Mental health service change VISION ric care for the Prescott-Russell area from Montfort Hospital to Hawkesbury & District General Hospital.

The Champlain LHIN board of directors approved the transfer proposal during their April session. The change applies to respon- sibility and financial support for the servic- es and should not affect the type or quality of services provided. The decision is based on a recommenda- tion in the 2010 Eastern Counties Hospital Clinical Services Distribution Plan. This in- volved community consultation, including contact with clients who have received the services, their families, and hospital staff.

HAWKESBURY | Prescott-Russell residents in need of specific mental health care aid won’t be going to Ottawa in future. The Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is shifting responsibility for mental-health crisis and geriatric psychiat-

Photo Gregg Chamberlain

A sunny Saturday combined with customers browsing a copious collection of curios and potential collectibles resulted in almost $400 raised for breast cancer research from donations collected at the Second Annual Bourget Community Garage Sale over the May 4 weekend.

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