Healthy Eating

Have your say on front-of-package Nutrition Labels

Health Canada’s proposed legislation on front-of-package nutrition labels would help families quickly identify foods that are high in saturated fat, sugars and sodium, and help them to make healthier choices in the grocery store.

Take part in the quick and easy nutrition symbol consultation , to help choose a symbol that you would find useful on the front of food packages. There is also the opportunity to provide more detailed comments on the regulations themselves.

The consultations are available until 26 April 2018. Activities such as these are part of Health Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy. Check out their brand new video on the strategy to find out more.

October 24, 2016 – Health Canada launched the Healthy Eating Strategy

The aim of this strategy is to make the healthier food choice the easier choice for all Canadians. One area of focus is sodium reduction in prepared foods sold in Canada through foodservice outlets (for example restaurants and caterers), including home meal replacements sold through retailers. Food from foodservice establishments is a significant contributor to the daily sodium intake of Canadians. Meals eaten away from home are often higher in sodium (1), more than double the recommended amount.  Health Canada is seeking information from the foodservices sector (for example restaurants, caterers, institutions, suppliers, distributors and retailers selling home meal replacements) to better understand current factors influencing sodium levels in food served in foodservice outlets. Health Canada will be using this information to develop a sodium reduction strategy specific to this sector in the near future. This call for information is a great opportunity for stakeholders to provide input to help inform these new initiatives as they move forward. Stakeholders are invited to provide input on their sodium reduction experience in the foodservices sector. The call for information is open until November 20, 2017. We encourage you to spread the news about the sodium reduction call for information to your colleagues and other interested parties.   The Government of Canada is committed to openness and transparency. Health Canada supports this commitment by making more information available to Canadians.  We encourage you to carefully read our new approach to transparency of stakeholder communications. Sincerely, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences Health Canada

Stay informed on Health Canada’s latest activities and information by creating a profile in the Stakeholder registry

April 7 – Annual World Health Day


The topic in 2015 was “food safety”. Click here to access “From farm to plate, make food safe” poster and banner for this year’s World Health Day Campaign. WHO developed an animated youtube video to explain the Five Keys to Safer Food. This video is a WHO global health message that everybody should know all over the world to prevent foodborne diseases and improve health.

Nourish Nova Scotia – Brown Bag Challenge

Nourish Nova Scotia is a newly formed organization created to promote and support the nutritional well-being of our children and youth.

Nourish Nova Scotia is the provincial lead for school breakfast programs. Share the Nourish message and take on the Brown Bag Challenge.

Have you taken the #NourishBrownBag Challenge yet? Share a healthy lunch and help Nova Scotia children and youth eat well.  The money stays in Nova Scotia to support food and nutrition programs in schools across the province.

Good Eating = Good Thinking.  Healthy school food programs ensure that kids are well-nourished and better prepared for the classroom.

Make Lunch. Donate.  Pass it on!

1. Make a healthy brown bag lunch. 2. Donate the money you would normally spend on lunch to Nourish. Text “nourish” to 20222 to give $10 or $20 or donate online.  $20 can feed a child breakfast for a full month!  Consider a monthly gift (online) to help feed a student all year long! 3. Pass on the #NourishBrownBag challenge.  Make a healthy lunch for someone special (a family member, friend, colleague, etc).  Ask them  to donate their lunch money to Nourish NS; Tag them on social media or make it a surprise…keep the chain going!!!


Canada’s Food Guide for First Nation Inuit and Metis

Canada’s Food Guide

A great healthy eating guide from Whole Foods handbook!


Eat, Drink & Be Healthy
Held – February 24, 2015 at Cultural Center in Cape North

Chef George Smith and Dietician Debbie MacLean led an afternoon on how to incorporate healthy foods into your daily meals, along with a live demonstration of cooking your own foods. Participants enjoyed food  sampling and took home educational materials and recipes!

Eat, Drink & Be Healthy – Launch to Nutrition Month

Held March 3, 2015 at Telegraph House, Baddeck
Chef George Smith and Dietician Debbie MacLean led an afternoon on how to incorporate healthy  foods into your daily meals, along with a live demonstration of cooking your own foods. Participants enjoyed food  sampling and took home educational materials and recipes!

Baddeck and Area Community Market

Wednesdays, 11 am to 2 pm

Healthy Eating Tips and Practical Advice – Healthy eating is fundamental to good overall health. It is also important for healthy development, from the prenatal and early childhood years to later life stages. Healthy eating is equally important in reducing the risk of many nutrition-related chronic diseases. – Make nutritious choices where you live, work, and play. Useful tools and science-based information that you can trust. – What are you eating? – Check your food and activity choices, analyze your recipes and plan your meals. Sign up to set goals and track your progress. – Easy-to-use nutrition information to help you make healthier food choices – Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition®. PEN is a dynamic knowledge translation subscription service available internationally as individual or group licenses for food, nutrition, and dietetic practice

Childhood Obesity

Obesity rates among children and youth in Canada have nearly tripled in the last 30 years. Children and youth who are obese are at higher risk of developing a range of health problems, and weight issues in childhood are likely to persist into adulthood. For example, obese children have a high chance of remaining obese as adults

The Centre for Child Nutrition, Health and Development (CCNHD) brings world-class talent and resources together to tackle the most important nutrition-related health issues facing children and their families in Canada and around the world. We are a network of University of Toronto researchers and educators focused on nutrition and the prevention of obesity, chronic disease and malnutrition in children.

FoodFit is a 12-week program for low-income community members who experience barriers around healthy eating and physical activity but who are motivated to make lasting changes to their health

Thanks to Dr. Brian Wansink, Director of the Cornell University Food & Brand Lab and author of Slim by Design and Mindless Eating

Simple Rules for Healthy Eating – Aaron Carrol for New York Times

Mastering the Mindful Meal – Brigham and Women’s Hospital

eaTracker – Dieticians of Canada Apps for meal planning and food logging

Fooducate – a personal grocery advisor, helping people make healthy food choices

How to find real food at the supermarket flowchart

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