By Diana Smardon

Hippocrates said "Let thy food be thy medicine and let thy medicine be thy food."  This is as true today as it was 2000 years ago. In the handbook "Healthy Eating for Seniors" published by the BC Ministry of Health paid for by British Columbians like yourselves, you will find a very comprehensive and thorough publication covering such topics as diet, exercise, weight loss, basic nutrition, organic food, and special diets.

This booklet gives a guide on how to prepare nutritious, well-balanced meals. It provides easy exercises like climbing stairs or carrying a bag of groceries. Weight loss is made simple with small, steady decreases in a persons' diet like one less slice of bread over a period of one month. Organic food is dealt with briefly, emphasizing the lack of pesticides in this method of growing food. Special diets, like those for Alzheimer's or osteoporosis seniors, are also mentioned in great detail.    It also has recipes for tasty, easy-to-prepare meals, including food safety procedures. This booklet also provides health and nutrition information, such as phone numbers and websites for The Health and Seniors Information Line, 250 952-1742 and . It is all encompassing and easy to read.

This publication should apply to all age groups in British Columbia instead of concentrating just on seniors. The elderly and the rest of the population would be better able to eat organic food, exercise properly and take the best care of themselves if they were provided with a guaranteed livable income (as recommended by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives), adequate pensions and supplements along with cost of living indexing geared to the rising costs of housing, food, and medicine. These would go a long way in addressing the ever-growing inequalities in our social system and Canadian society in general. In summary, this is a helpful, thorough healthy-eating booklet that should address the needs of all British Columbians.