Spreading news around Guelph

SPARK students were well represented in the Guelph Mercury last week.  Megan Cowie had her first SPARKplug published… on the front page! Her article features Prof. Jess Haines of the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition who developed a family-based program, Parents and Tots Together, which addresses childhood obesity in Canada. This nutrition program focuses on making health living compatible with Canadian families. It focuses on developing healthy behaviors to get kids on the right road early. The full article can be read here. 

Laura Montgomery had her first article published in the Mercury! Her article reveals the health benefits in including vegetable skins that are often discarded in soups. These health promoting compounds (called “phenolic molecules”) contain antioxidants and are known to help prevent cancer, Type 2 diabetes and assist in treating antioxidants.  Researcher Massimo Marcone and his team have developed a processing technique called microwave-assisted extraction, which takes advantage of the nutrition-rich, often-discarded peels.  Get the full scoop here.

Marcone has developed a processing technique called microwave-assisted extraction which takes advantage of nutrition-rich, vegetable peels.

Marcone has developed a processing technique called microwave-assisted extraction which takes advantage of nutrition-rich, vegetable peels.

We have a lot of upcoming SPARKplugs in the works that will appear in the Guelph Mercury throughout the summer.

And finally, this week marks the last for senior SPARK writer Katharine Tuerke who has dedicated her communication skills to SPARK for the past five years. Katharine is moving on to a role as Communications Coordinator for Alumni Affairs at Humber College. She’ll be missed, and SPARK wishes her the best of luck.

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