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Creating Holiday Magic this Season Across Canada

It’s an old adage that still rings true; the magic of the holidays comes from creating special moments for others. In December 2018, Sobeys staff came together to support our communities over the holiday season to create some magic for those that needed it most.

Special Olympics Canada

The Better Food Fund has teamed up with Special Olympics Canada to make better food possible on and off the field.

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Combining a Commitment for Lifelong Physical Activity with a Passion for Nutrition

In October, 2015 Special Olympics was announced as the second partner of the Sobeys Inc. Better Food. Our three-year partnership centers on nutrition education and cooking skills in Special Olympics programs across the country. Through hundreds of programs, thousands of our neighbours – from 2 years of age to adults – will access nutrition guides, cooking classes and fresh accessible food.

Canadians with intellectual disabilities face staggering adverse health conditions, leading to increased risk of chronic disease. Fifty percent of people with intellectual disabilities are more likely to experience obesity, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. Nutrition education is critical to reducing the risk of chronic disease.

While many know Special Olympics from their games and competitions, this incredible organization is so much more than games. In small towns and large cities you can find a Special Olympics program for all ability levels. They provide resources that focus on basic motor skill development such as the Active Start and FUNdamentals programs, for ages 2 to 12. Community and school programs occur daily for athletes 12 and up that offer sport skill training in 18 different summer and winter sports. For those whose ambitions follow a competitive pathway, Special Olympics offers competitive opportunities at the local, regional, national and world levels.

The common thread in all Special Olympics programs, whether daily programs or Team Canada on the World stage, is the need for increased focus on the importance of good nutrition. To learn more about our partnership. visit www.sobeys.com/teamsobeys. To learn more about Special Olympics Canada visit www.specialolympics.ca