Nutrition Education Facts Grocery Giveaway

Saturday, November 5th, 2016 — 10:10am PDT
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Earlier this year I got to know the Nutrition Facts Table (the “Nft”) and last weekend I tested my knowledge at the Nutrition Education Facts booth at the Vancouver Home + Design Show.


Along with my nephew, I was quizzed on ten facts about the Nft, where we also learned how to read the table (and how to do a little math on the fly). For each correct answer, we were given a chip that we took over to the Nutrition Facto board to earn some prizes.

“It’s like Plinko,” I told my nephew, who shrugged. “The Price is Right? Plinko? No?” he remained unfazed by my game show trivia and took to the board to enter to win.

Coming away with a tote bag, t-shirt, and the chance to win a grocery gift card (I entered my nephew under his mother’s name), it was a fun way to start our day at the Home and Design Show.


Getting to Know the Nutrition Facts Table

There are three simple Nft steps that you can add to your grocery shopping mission that will help you make better health choices.

  1. Serving Size. It’s at the very top of the table, you can’t miss it. By checking a product’s serving size, you can:
    Understand how much of a nutrient you are eating
    Compare calories and nutrients between 2 similar packaged food products
    Compare it to the amount you actually eat
  2. Daily Value. The % DV is found on the right-hand side of a nutrition facts table. It is a guide to help you make informed food choices. It shows you if the serving size has a little or a lot of a nutrient:
    5% DV or less is a little
    15% DV or more is a lot
  3. Ingredients. Reading the ingredient list is both important and useful. It can help you:
    Check if a food product has a certain ingredient.
    Avoid ingredients in case of a food allergy or intolerance.

The NFt, found on most packaged food products in Canada, is key to making an informed choice for you and your family in a few easy steps. The campaign encourages Canadians to start with the Serving Size and then use the % DV to choose the nutrients you want a lot or a little of. By learning how to find out if a product has more of the ingredients you want, and less of those you want to avoid, you can make sure only the very best ends up in your cart, pantry, and body.

Nutrition Education Facts Grocery Giveaway

I have a $100 grocery gift card to give away to one lucky Miss604 reader so they can enjoy their next grocery shopping trip compliments of the Nft! Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
RT to enter to win a $100 grocery gift card from @HealthyCdns + @Miss604 #FocusontheFacts

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 10:00am on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Participating retailers, where the gift card will be valid, are Walmart, Loblaws (LCL), Sobey’s, Federated Co-op, Metro, Costco Wholesale and Overwaitea Food Group.

For more information — and more chances to win great prizes — visit Focus on the Facts online. You can also follow Healthy Canadians on Twitter, the #FocusontheFacts tag, and Healthy Canadians on Facebook.

Update The winner is Holly MacRitchie!

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  1. Kim Rees says:

    I definitely need to be educated

  2. Rebecca T. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I also checked out the booth at the show and it was very fun and informative.

  3. Tainan Lu says:

    Thanks for the chance

  4. Bonnie says:

    It’s a good idea to pay attention to the things that are in the food we eat. Great idea.

  5. brandon says:

    Thanks so much!

  6. Linda Webster says:

    I love having more information about the food my family is eating. Thanks for the chance to win a grocery gift card.

  7. Jen says:

    Such an important topic, thanks for sharing!

  8. Jeremy says:

    Good to know, thanks for the chance!

  9. Jasmine says:

    Thank you for all information !

  10. tracy k says:

    i should definitely take the time to look at more nutrition labels..

  11. lori butler says:

    great information.

  12. Karla says:


  13. Maya McDonald says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Louise says:

    It’s so important to reach people this information for a healthier life!

  15. Bonnie R says:

    Great info…thank you!

  16. Victoria says:

    This is Amazing! Thanks!

  17. Andrea says:

    Great info! Thanks for the chance!

  18. Brenda S says:

    Great information!

  19. Michael B says:

    Money for groceries is always appreciated! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Jason says:

    This is great information!

  21. Stephanie says:

    I agree that it’s important to understand the Nutrition Facts Table! I always check it out before eating something

  22. cecilia says:

    Great information, very useful …and thanks for the contest! would love to win!

  23. cecilia says:

    Great information, very useful …and thanks for the contest!

  24. jan says:

    The side of the package is a must read

  25. Shannon says:

    This is great!

  26. Margaret McCormack says:

    A few years ago I started to have gallbladder attacks and had to really watch what I was eating. The nft became my best friend. I lost a lot of weight and eventually my darn gallbladder. But i did learn to eat better ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Melissa Hoffmann says:

    Thanks for all the valuable information! It is so important to understand labels and be informed about what we eat to stay healthy.

  28. Donna says:

    Some great information here! And grocery gcs are a great prize

  29. Jessica T says:

    Would love to win!

  30. Amanda says:

    Great information! Would love to win a grocery gift card!

  31. Juliee Fitze says:

    Thank you so much for the great info and contest.

  32. Melinda says:

    Thank for the info and chance to win!

  33. Ariel C says:

    great, thanks!

  34. adam says:

    yes please

  35. Sylvia says:

    Thanks for the giveaway…I hope I win!

  36. Brenda says:

    I’m a big fan of labeling laws

  37. Cliff says:

    Nice prize

  38. Jasen H says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  39. Jay Nelson says:

    Thank you, I tweeted. I like to look at nutritional labels – particularly for the content of sugars.

  40. Fayeza says:

    Such a healthy topic

  41. Sunshine H says:

    Recently I has to start watching my salt intake more and these labels come in so handy for that!

  42. Jennifer Anderson says:

    I would love to win!

  43. Don McQueen says:

    Great to learn about new nutrition info

  44. Marisa. P says:

    I love food! ?

  45. Mandy says:

    Thank so for the info and the giveaway!!

  46. Christine W says:

    This is great. Would love to win!

  47. Anne-Marie Tvete says:

    I am getting better at reading labels

  48. Dora says:

    Thanks for sharing! Hope I win!

  49. Michelle says:

    A grocery gift card would be excellent.

    Here’s my nutrition & nutrition labels tip:
    Anything with a nutrition label (packaged) isn’t going to be as healthful as something without one.

  50. linda says:

    Thanks for bringing attention to such an important topic.

  51. Kam says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this!

  52. Iain says:

    Good reminders and a practical prize. Thanks.

  53. Tina L. says:

    This is very useful information. thanks for the chance.

  54. Eileen says:

    I played the game at the Home Show too! Some good info!

  55. Judy Duong says:

    Very informative, thanks for the chance!

  56. Kevin L says:

    Yup, I’ve been reading labels on food packaging pretty much since I started learning how to read. ๐Ÿ™‚

  57. Daniela Plume says:

    Thanks for the information. It’s important to understand how much of a nutrient you are eating.

  58. Noma de P says:

    Getting the right amount of nutrients is so important. Thanks for publicizing the NFt.

  59. Karen Gregg says:

    Good stuff to know…plus…pick me, please ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Holly MacRitchie says:

    Thanks for the chance, this will come in handy with the holidays coming!

  61. Anthony Langlois says:

    Thank you for this giveawau

  62. Amy Heffernan says:

    Thanks for the chance. THis would be a HUGE help!

  63. Kathleen Roffey says:

    Great contest! Thanks for the chance

  64. Shirley S says:

    The Nutrition Facts Table helps me make better food choices. Thanks for the contest!

  65. Kiley Downey says:

    Thanks for the opportunity

  66. Francine says:

    I hope you had your nephew’s mother’s permission to use her identity – even though it’s probably against the terms and conditions.

  67. heather Swanson says:

    What a fantastic prize!

  68. Anne Derkat says:

    Can never get too much information on this subject. Thanks for the contest.

  69. Nicole Aben says:

    Super important to read your labels!

  70. adam says:

    Great giveaway!

  71. michelle tremblett says:

    Amazing giveaway ! Im sure could focus more on the facts than I do, im a work in progress haha, Thanky ou for the chance !

  72. Suzanne G says:

    It is very important to read the nutrition facts on packaging and I usually do check them out.

  73. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    Thank you for spreading the word about how to read nutritional labels: I won’t buy a new product without reading this label, as well as the ingredients list.

  74. Vanessa L. says:

    Thank you for all of the great info!

  75. Michelle W says:

    This is good information to know! I’ve just recently started reading the labels on the foods I buy!

  76. Mike Gismondi says:

    Thanks for the great information!

  77. Angela Griffin says:

    I’d love to win this to buy a nice big turkey

  78. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    I agree that it is important to understand the Nutrition Facts Table- I did the quiz and got it correct

  79. Erica Seaman says:

    WOW, what an eye opening article.

  80. Marlene V says:

    Thanks I would love to win!!!

  81. Mary Warner says:

    Diabetes made me a package reader. Necessary for all really.

  82. Julie says:

    I think it’s so important that we read and understand food labels. We need to understand what we are putting into our bodies.

  83. janine a says:

    thanks for the chance! ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. Linda R. says:

    I was never sure what % of the daily intake value was considered to be sufficient or too excessive. Thanks for the information!

  85. SarahJ says:

    I typically pay attention to the labels unless I’m deliberately ignoring them.

  86. Kristi says:

    I think it’s a great program to help people learn how to decipher labels to fit their needs.

  87. Mitchell Dawson says:

    Really cool idea! I always think I know more than I do about nutrition.

  88. Michelle says:

    Nutrition is very important!

  89. Heidi c. says:

    We can all benefit from better nutrition learned this way.

  90. Debz says:

    Good food facts!

  91. Nate says:

    Thanks for the great information, I will pay more attention to labels

  92. I definitely like knowing the facts. Thanks for sharing!

  93. Debbie F says:

    thanks for the great giveaway

  94. K Yee says:

    We pay attention to the Nutrition Facts Table in this household. Thank you for an informative post.

  95. Nancy says:

    It’s a shame Focus on the Facts’ contest isn’t structured as it was last year with a bonus entry for scoring well. With no bonus, there is no incentive to do well on the quiz or to even do the quiz.

  96. Siobhan S. says:

    Very good information! And nutritious food is something we could definitely use. Thanks for another great contest.

  97. Thanks for the information!

  98. ginette4 says:

    I also read the nutritional facts..looking at sodium and amount of sugar

  99. lisa says:

    This is good to know!

  100. Wendy hutton says:

    thanks for the chance, good info to know

  101. Dawn Gordon says:

    Good post

    Good reminder to read the serving size and daily value…I focus on the ingredients but need to to start looking at the other facts

    Thanks for the reminder

  102. Edith Rennes says:

    Good things to know…thank you

  103. Kim M says:

    Good information to know.

  104. Silvia D says:

    Very useful information! Thank you

  105. Cairine says:

    I think it’s a good idea to read labels, too much stuff on there that we don’t even know what it is. Also think GMO’s should be identified.

  106. Tania says:

    That would be a great prize

  107. Rino says:

    Nutrition is very important!

  108. Kerenza Freylinger says:

    Thanks for the chance to win.

  109. Linda says:

    I am getting better at reading the nutrition facts table on food products.

  110. Jennifer P. says:

    I love using the NFt – sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised at how good something actually is when I’m not expecting it to be, and sometimes I am disappointed when I discover that something I thought was healthy actually isn’t. It’s such a great tool to use when grocery shopping – I use it often to compare products and make my buying decisions.

  111. Jonnie says:

    The nutrition facts table can definitely be a bit confusing. I tweeted as well as @edmontonjb

  112. Catherine Robichaud says:

    I agree that reading the labels on the food we buy is definitely important. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a much needed grocery gift card.

  113. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    Thank you for the chance to win – much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

  114. milly says:

    Thank you for the contest. I read those labels constantly!

  115. Sam says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    We should have more information on sugar. How much is added sugars?

  116. Florence Cochrane says:

    I read labels all the time. I look for the sugar, fat, sodium and fiber.

  117. nicole emma says:

    thank you for the chance!

  118. Margaret H says:

    I read labels a lot now as I need to see how much sugar is in the product….as I am diabetic….

  119. Erinn Lishman says:

    I love the guidelines outlined here and can definitely use the help in making better food choices for me and my family. Thank you for the chance!

  120. Elizabeth says:


  121. Carol M says:

    I’ve been in the habit of reading labels for a few years now.

    Thanks for the chance.

  122. Carole Dube says:

    I always read the labels it’s really important! I watch for salt, fat and sugar the most.

  123. Nicole says:

    Thanks for the great info and the chance!

  124. alexa says:

    love groceries

  125. Lyndon M. says:

    Great info, thanks for the chance!

  126. AD says:

    It’s shocking to me how many people don’t know how to read the nutrition table on the back of all our foods; it’s so important to know what you are ingesting. Thank you for the great information.

  127. Tracy D says:

    It’s so important to read the nutrition facts, especially salt and sugar. Thanks for the info, and the giveaway!

  128. missbobloblaw says:

    Thanks for the great info. It’s so important to know what you are eating!

  129. Cahley E Tod-Tims says:

    Thanks, I will pay more attention at the supermarket.

  130. joanna says:

    i think i saw this being promoted at a local save on foods. cool idea. thanks for the opportunity!

  131. jane kramer says:

    great info , thanks for the chance

  132. Nicole B says:

    Some great info on reading nutritional facts!

  133. Laurie Alain says:

    Like and Shared thanks for the chance to win good luck everyone!!

  134. ChristineB says:

    I learned a lot about food labels from the Focus on Facts quizzes that ran last year. Labels are an important nutritional tool.

  135. Diane says:

    Great information! Would love this

  136. Cassandra Kazlovskis says:

    What a great campaign for consumers, thanks for sharing!

  137. Jan says:

    Would love this!

  138. christophe says:

    Me me me!

  139. Lester says:

    I always read the nutrition labels when buying food. Good info!

  140. Kimberley Hamilton says:

    Great info! Thanks for the giveaway!

  141. Tara Betterley says:

    This is definitely something I need to do more often – I never read the labels because I don’t understand them.

  142. Clare I. says:

    I always read the labels. They don’t lie!

  143. Lucie B says:

    Thank you for a very useful post, with a super practical prize!

  144. Glogirl says:

    Reading labels is so important as it aids us in making healthy food choices.

  145. lbwran says:

    A hundred bucks for groceries would go a long way. I’ve been living off less than a hundred dollars a MONTH for more than a year now. If I win this $100, I’ll be able to stock my cubbards with cocoa, flour, shortening, baking powder, and other staples that should be in my home.

  146. Deanna Lee says:

    This is good information. There are too many confusing information out there and many products are falsely being advertised as healthy when they are not. Thanks for giving us a chance to win practical prize while providing us useful info in your post!

  147. gurinder says:

    would love to win

  148. ruby says:

    great prize

  149. Claudia says:

    Thanks for the contest.

  150. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the opportunity

  151. SCOTT says:

    Great subject! Goodluck everyone

  152. Shannon says:

    Great Prize. Would love to win.

  153. Emilia says:

    I am a label reader!

  154. Krista M says:

    Cholesterol is my family’s enemy & the Nft is always useful to find all the nutritional information I need to improve our health for our family meals!

  155. Mag says:

    Thanks for the gift card contest.

  156. Jenness M says:

    Amazing prize! Thanks for the chance to win!

  157. Nancy says:

    I mostly buy unpackaged food. I could really use this gift card!

  158. Carol says:

    It is so important to know what we are putting into our bodies. Great contest.

  159. Amy C says:

    Thanks for the chance

  160. Casey Miller says:

    Thank you for the chance!

  161. Katie says:

    What an important tool to have when it comes to food! Would greatly benefit from this contest.

  162. Jenna says:

    I could really use this card and information. Have a great day!

  163. Amy Wang says:

    You’re what you eat…. definitely will read labels closely.

  164. Cally says:

    This is so applicable to our daily lives so I’m so interested to learn more.

  165. LYNN CLAYTON says:

    ty for the chance

  166. maria says:

    Great prize!!

  167. Rebecca Roberts says:

    I always try my best to read and understand the nutritional information!

  168. Ron says:

    I’ve learned how important it is to look at the serving size since that makes such a difference in calculating the nutrition.

  169. Mary Lou MacKenzie says:

    Very informative! Thanks for the chance to win groceries in your #FocusOnTheFacts contest.

  170. Bhavny says:

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Useful info, thx.

  171. Saveena says:

    Labels can be so misleading esp reading thru ingredients and fillers that you cant tell what their role is and if it harmful.

  172. Jason B says:

    Always like to learn about nutrition and that palm oil is contributing to climate change.

  173. angela eagle says:

    I always read the label and good for you to teach the young ones. What goes in your body is more important than what goes on it

  174. Cheryl Germain says:

    I usually check out the NFT on packaging

  175. Mandy says:

    It’s good to have this source to educate people on how to read the packaging and make more informed decisions about their food.

  176. Theresa C. says:

    Awesome that you took your nephew to the show! Thanks for the info ๐Ÿ˜‰

  177. Jessica says:

    Very informative and so important!! We need to be more aware of what we are putting into our bodies and what we are feeding our loved ones!! Thank you for this information and the chance to win this great prize! Would be awesome!!

  178. Melanie says:

    Good to know and be more aware of what you are eating!

  179. cathy p plesz says:

    The more informed we are; the better food choices we make. Your site is great!

  180. Sunshine G says:

    It’s always a good thing to read the labels – it’s surprising how much you can learn.

  181. Anita S says:

    I agree that reading and understanding food labels should help inform people’s food choices.

  182. Maryanne says:

    Thanks for the info! Everyone should read the labels.

  183. kristy says:

    Very important for folks to understand how to read food labels. Thanks!

  184. Tracy says:

    I need to learn to read these labels properly. Thanks for the info

  185. Maritess S says:

    Thanks for this chance. I find it to be really important to read the nutritional labels of any item I buy for my family.

  186. Kim says:

    So important to read the labels

  187. leana says:

    Thank you for all the great information!

  188. Caroline says:

    I would love this! I’ve been on a lifestyle change journey for 7 weeks now. Slowly learning nutritional facts and reading labels. 10lb down now!

  189. Barb W says:

    Great contest, thanks for running it!

  190. Stephanie Doucette says:

    Very important topic – we should be more aware of what’s in our food!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  191. leanne says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  192. Natalia Peixoto says:

    Wow, I could use some lessons

  193. Wendy Jensen says:

    I found the information very interesting. Thank you for the heads up.

  194. Dana says:

    Count me in!

  195. Thanks for the opportunity! Serving size is often so sneaky – really important to look closely at that.

  196. Wally says:

    Please pick my name.

  197. Linda Svarovsky says:

    Thanks for the article and contest

  198. DB says:

    We absolutely need to teach our children to read the labels as well! Great article!

  199. wen says:

    Great app to use.

  200. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  201. Jennifer C (@JusticeSadie) says:

    Great Info! I think we all could use a refresher course.

  202. Melissa says:

    Great tips, thank you!!

  203. Jenny says:

    Thanks for the tips!

  204. Lisa G says:

    The home show looked like fun! Thanks for the chance to win the grocery gift card (now to try to buy healthy things with it if I win;)

  205. Erin W says:

    Thank you! My fingers are crossed. This would really help for the holidays.

  206. Rhonda W G. says:

    Thankfully is is easier to understand the labels now! I’m always shocked by the serving size…lol.

  207. Mary Ann M says:

    I’m running coaching programs that provide motivation, accountability, and education for building healthy lifestyles. I would love to win this card so I can give it as an incentive in my online program, and encourage label reading for nutrition.

  208. Am says:

    Product labelling is often very tricky, making it wven more important to look at the nutrition facts tables.

  209. Ashley says:

    Good Info

  210. I never knew about the DV part!

  211. Tanya says:


  212. Swapnil Shah says:

    Always looking to get healthier

  213. Lindsay says:

    This would be awesome

  214. Farin Meralli says:

    Thanks for entering me!

  215. Michelle says:

    I hope I win! This would be awesome

  216. Lyn says:

    Healthy foods are the best!

  217. Mike says:

    I like to learn more about nutrition. I aim to eat healthy local foods.

  218. Adam says:

    I’d like to have the opportunity to buy foods to make a meal for my family.

  219. Kelly says:

    Great info! Thanks for the chance??

  220. Marina says:

    I’m always reading the label on EVERYTHING! Thanks for the chance to win. Good groceries are expensive so the gift card would definitely help!

  221. Alana Park says:

    Pick me

  222. Krista says:

    Thanks for bringing my attention to Nft!

  223. Helen says:

    Thanks for sharing the info.

  224. Johnny says:

    Love the blog! Thanks for sharing with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  225. It’s important to pay attention to labels, ingredients, serving sizes & nutritional values, if you are wanting to ensure you are on track with a healthy diet! Free groceries, yes please!?

  226. Stefanie LeBlanc says:

    I can always use grocery funds! Thanks!

  227. Wanda Jean P says:

    I have to admit I would benefit If I read the labels

  228. Amy says:

    Thanks for sharing the information to educate others about the NFT! With the Safe Food for Canadians Act, there are some upcoming exciting changes to Canada’s food safety system and also changes to product labelling as well to help Canadians make healthier food choices!

  229. Marina says:

    Probably the most complicated system of all time. Thanks for the education.

  230. Ashley says:

    This would be great! Thanks for sharing!

  231. Tabby72 says:

    This is a great initiative! Thanks for this great contest.

  232. Shirley says:

    It’s important to read the labels.

  233. Paula R says:

    thanks for the chance

  234. Pam R. says:

    What a great giveaway; I’m sure everyone could use free groceries!

  235. Sherry Fraser says:

    This would be a wonderful win.

  236. caroline m. says:

    I would love to win this generous prize.

  237. Laura says:

    Big fan of labeling laws,.. please enter us!

  238. Laurie Alain says:

    Very Nice Prize I would love to win!!!Like and Shared thanks for the chance to win good luck everyone!!!

  239. Laurie W. says:

    Thanks for the education about nutrition. The gift card would be wonderful.

  240. Sandy says:

    That was a great booth! grocery GC would be fantastic !!

  241. laura feist says:

    thanks for the info

  242. Teresa K says:

    I’d love to win.

  243. Nicole P. says:

    Thanks for the information and the opportunity to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  244. bjh says:

    Good idea!

  245. LSDAlpha says:

    Commented and RT’ed. Thanks.

  246. Tammy H says:

    Great it!

  247. Anne W. says:

    Great to see a contest with educational value.

  248. Andy C. says:

    $100 prize that may save $1000+ in health services, well spent.

  249. Sandra S says:

    Greatprogram, and thank you very much for the chance to win a grocery card

  250. Angela says:

    I would’ve enjoyed that game.

  251. Gary says:

    I want this

  252. AshleyAC says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Fingers crossed!

  253. Tanya C says:

    This would be great!

  254. carrie l says:

    Thank you for the contest- looks like a great experience- would love to win!

  255. Stephanie says:

    This is my jam!

  256. Tony says:

    This would be great to win!

  257. Lea says:

    Thanks for the info + contest!

  258. Bernadette Estrada says:

    great article and even better contest!

  259. Pamela says:

    I need this more than life itself.

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