My practice at drmarianne.ca has joined REAP Calgary, a local association for businesses that care about community and the environment. Having first learned about REAP through social media, I was initially interested in learning about Calgary businesses that provided services I needed myself: organic food and personal care products, non-toxic dry cleaning and cleaning supplies, and related services. As I read about their mission to bring together businesses that shared sustainable, community-based practices, I came to realize it would be great for me to be involved on a more direct level as a member. Now I can recommend one place to my patients when they are looking for healthy options for food, home and services in the greater Calgary area.
Recently, I volunteered at REAP’s Food for Thought event, helping at the Bundles of Energy table helping prepare healthy snacks for kids. I enjoyed hearing BOE’s Michelle Giangualano explain simple snack recipes to the many young guests, and we both noticed that our young guests happily ate even the raw veggetables with the dips they had helped prepare.
Food for Thought also provided me with the opportunity to sample many local food options from stores such as Community Natural Foods and a variety of local cafes, restaurants and producers. I’ve argued for a while that food can be healthy, sustainable and delicious if we pay attention to what we are buying and preparing, and educate ourselves on where we choose to eat in and out. It was exciting to see so many local cafes and restaurants committed to providing locally produced food, and I have to admit I enjoyed every last sample!
I had the pleasure of hosting REAP’s Membership Assistant Lana Selbee in my office last week talking about how my practice is committed to sustainable principles, both in how I’ve chosen to set up my workspace, as well as the services I provide for my patients. That discussion has become part of my posting on the REAP website here. Thanks so much Lana! Very happy to join you, Stephanie, Laura-Leigh and the many REAP contributing businesses.