Healthy Eating

Eating is a complex behaviour, and improving healthy eating across communities requires multiple different kinds of actions. This section contains resources about nutrition, food programs like community gardens and kitchens, food security, and healthy food environments in recreation settings to help communities improve healthy eating knowledge and opportunities and reduce barriers to eating well.

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1-What’s in Season? Canadian Food Focus In Canada, we have four distinct seasons. When we’re eating fruits and vegetables in season, it means we get to…
2-What’s for Lunch Alberta Health Services Children & Youth, Healthy Eating Find tips for making and packing healthy lunches.
3-Wake up to Breakfast Everyday Alberta Health Services Children & Youth, Healthy Eating Find tips to starting your day off right with a healthy breakfast.
4-Vancouver Food and sustainable food systems City of Vancouver Community Design, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy, Planning & Evaluation An example of how Vancouver is creating a system for producing, processing, distributing, and consuming food that is environmentally, socially,…
5-UnlockFood.ca Unlockfood.ca Healthy Eating, Wellness Resource UnlockFood.ca (formerly EatRightOntario.ca) is a bilingual award winning website brought to you by Dietitians of Canada. On UnlockFood.ca you’ll…
6-Understanding Health and Wellness From the Perspective of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada First Nations Health Authority Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Indigenous Community Wellness The First Nations Perspective on Health and Wellness aims to visually depict and describe the First Nations Health Authority. This…
7-Traditional Aboriginal Diets and Health National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health Active Living, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Indigenous Community Wellness Aboriginal peoples in Canada have undergone a significant nutritional transition whereby traditional diets and associated physical activities have been replaced…
8-Tips to Spend Less Money On Food Alberta Health Services Active Eating, Children & Youth, Healthy Eating This resource offers general tips, meal planning, tips for buying healthy foods and food prep and safe storage.
9-The Energy Drink Buzz Handout Alberta Health Services Children & Youth Engergy drinks often claim to give you extra energy, help you to concentrate and feel alert. This resource shares information…
10-Sustainable Food Edmonton Sustainable Food Edmonton Community Design, Community Gardens, Nature Connections Sustainable Food Edmonton is a non-profit charitable organization who initiates and supports projects and programs to encourage the building of…
11-Sugar Shocker Education Kit Alberta Health Services Children & Youth The Sugar Shocker Education Kit provides fun, interactive activities to help children and youth learn about healthy drink choices. The…
12-Stay Active Eat Healthy Stay Active Eat Healthy Active Living, Community Design, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy The Stay Active Eat Healthy® program is an evidence-based capacity building initiative developed in BC. Stay Active Eat Healthy® aims…
13-St. Paul – Salad in a Jar Alberta Health Services Children & Youth, Healthy Eating Engage youth to try making a salad in a jar at home with the supplies they have available.
14-School Nutrition Website Alberta Health Services Children & Youth, Healthy Eating Healthy eating at schools supports healthy food environments and provides resources for school teachers, child educators, parents and health professionals…
15-Osteoporosis Canada Osteoporosis Canada Health Promotion, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Seniors, Wellness Resource Osteoporosis Canada is the only national organization serving people who have, or are at risk for, osteoporosis. The organization works…
16-Nutrition Labeling: The % Daily Value Government of Canada Health Promotion, Healthy Eating The percent daily value (% DV) found in a nutrition facts table can help you make informed food choices. Learn…
17-Nourishing Beginnings Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Children & Youth, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating Looking Nourishing Beginnings is a free online nutrition program created for Alberta Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) educators by…
18-Newcomer Nutrition Education Toolkit (AHS) How to Create a Healthy Eating Environment Healthy Eating, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Newcomer, Wellness Resource This toolkit supports program providers and health professionals who work with newcomers to Canada. It is a collection of nutrition…
19-Native Women’s Association of Canada: Food Policy Native Women's Association of Canada Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Indigenous Community Wellness This report is divided into three sections followed by a concluding chapter which lists the key recommendations that have resulted…
20-Housing for Health: Healthier Food and Beverage Guidelines for Public Events Housing for Health Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy The Healthier Food and Beverage Guidelines for Public Events is a collaborative document created by the Housing for Health team…
21-Heart and Stroke: Get Healthy/ Healthy Eating Heart and Stroke Foundation Health Promotion Did you know that up to 80% of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through your life habits,…
22-Heart and Stroke Foundation Heart and Stroke Foundation Health Promotion, Wellness Resource For over 60 years, Heart & Stroke has been dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our work has saved…
23-Healthy U: Eat Smart Meet Smart Western and Northern Canadian Collaborative Eat Smart Meet Smart will help you plan meetings, events and conferences that are healthy for your participants — and…
24-Healthy U Food Checker Alberta Health Services Health Promotion, Healthy Eating The Healthy Food Checker makes choosing healthy, nutrient-rich foods easier. It compares the nutrition information from a Nutrition Facts Table…
25-Healthy School Policy Alberta Health Services Children & Youth, Community Design, Healthy Policy, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration Developing and implementing a healthy school policy is an important part of creating a healthy school community. These resources can…
26-Healthy Food in Recreational Facilities Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention Community Design, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy, Wellness Resource View case studies and articles from communities within Alberta who are working to implement healthy eating environments within recreation settings.
27-Healthy Eating Workplace Handbook Durham Region Health Department Active Living, Community Design, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy This guide was developed to assist workplaces in applying a comprehensive approach to healthy eating, planning activities using the framework…
28-Healthy Eating Starts Here Healthy Eating, Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings Children & Youth, Healthy Eating, Wellness Resource Alberta Health Services resources on healthy eating at work, school, early learning and childcare centres, and communities. Other healthy eating…
29-Healthy Eating Poster Series Alberta Health Services Health Promotion, Healthy Eating The Healthy Eating Starts Here poster series was developed by Alberta Health Services based on the principles contained within Canada’s…
30-Healthy Eating in Recreation and Community Centres Alberta Government Children & Youth, Community Design, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy Healthy food is important for children and youth. How can recreation centres and community centres help children eat healthy food?…
31-Healthy Eating for Seniors BC Government Healthy Eating, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Seniors Healthy Eating for Seniors addresses many of the barriers to healthy eating: time, effort, knowledge and skills, taste and cost.
32-Healthy Eating & Food Security Action Guide BC Healthy Communities Community Design, Healthy Policy This Action Guide supports British Columbia’s local governments in their efforts to build healthier communities for all. It shares promising…
33-Healthy Community Guidelines Housing for Health Active Living, Active Transportation, Community Design, Health Promotion, Healthy Community Design, Healthy Policy, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Planning & Evaluation, Research & Case Studies Created by University of Alberta Housing for Health working with 100+ multi-sector partners across Canadian provinces and the U.S., the Healthy…
34-Healthy Choices in Recreation Settings Toolkit Stay Active Eat Healthy Active Living, Community Design, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy This toolkit is designed to help you turn your facility into a Healthy Choices Facility.
35-Health Council of Canada Health & Wellness Canada Children & Youth, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Seniors, Wellness Resource Find resources on health and food & diet within Canada.
36-Health Canada: Just For You- Immigrants Government of Canada Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Newcomer, Wellness Resource Immigrants are eligible for health care coverage under the Canada Health Act. Find information on: Employment; Immunization; Health Care System;…
37-Health Canada: Food and Nutriton Government of Canada Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy, Wellness Resource Safe food and good nutrition are important to Canadians. Maintaining the safety of Canada’s food supply is a shared responsibility…
38-Health Canada Government of Canada Children & Youth, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy, Indigenous Community Wellness, Wellness Resource Health Canada services and information including recalls, Canada’s food guide, diseases, immunization, and health risks while travelling.
39-Healither Choices in Vending Machines in BC Public Buildings Healthy Families BC Community Design, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy The objectives of this resource are to: Promote an environment in Public Buildings that encourages healthier eating by increasing the…
40-Half Your Plate Half Your Plate Healthy Eating Half Your Plate will provide you with the tips, tricks, and recipes – all you have to do is cook!…
41-Government of Ontario Local Food Act Government of Ontario Community Design, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy, Planning & Evaluation The purposes of this Act are as follows: 1. To foster successful and resilient local food economies and systems…
42-Government of Alberta: Healthy Living Resources Government of Alberta Active Living, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Wellness Resource Healthy living, active living, and healthy eating resources, including Eat Smart Meet Smart.
43-Food Trip Primary Care Network, Bow Valley Children & Youth, Community Gardens, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating Daily food challenges – simple and fun to try with the kids!…
44-Food Storage A – Z Love Food Hate Waste Community Gardens, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating Prevent food waste with Love Food Hate Waste’s ultimate food storage and usage guide, Food Storage A to Z. Find…
45-Food Serving Sizes for Children 5 to 11 years old Alberta Health Services Children & Youth, Healthy Eating Find information on servince sizes for children ages 5 to 11.
46-Food Serving Sizes for Children 13 to 18 years old Alberta Health Services Children & Youth, Healthy Eating Find information on servince sizes for children ages 12 to 18.
47-Food Serving Sizes for Children 1 to 4 years old Alberta Health Services Children & Youth, Healthy Eating Find information on servince sizes for children ages 1 to 4.
48-Food Fit: 10 Smart Bites to a Healthier U Healthier U Healthy Eating, Seniors This booklet is all about how making healthy food choices can put you on the right track to…
49-Farm to School Canada Grants Farm to Cafeteria Children & Youth, Healthy Eating Delivered directly to schools, the grants are designed to bring more of the local harvest into schools where it is…
50-Farm to Cafeteria Farm to Cafeteria Children & Youth, Community Design, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy Farm to Cafeteria Canada (F2CC) is a pan-Canadian organization whose vision is “vibrant and sustainable regional food systems that support…
51-Ever Active Schools Ever Active Schools Active Living, Active Transportation, Children & Youth, Health Promotion, Wellness Resource Ever Active Schools is a provincial initiative designed to create and support healthy school communities. We engage and support schools…
52-Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide – First Nations, Inuit and Métis Government of Alberta Healthy Eating, Indigenous Community Wellness As part of Canada’s Food Guide revision, we are currently working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners to support…
53-Eat Smart, Live Strong Activity Kit: Nutrition Education for Older Adults US Department of Agriculture Active Living, Healthy Eating, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Seniors Eat Smart, Live Strong is an intervention designed to improve fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among 60-74 year…
54-Determinants of Healthy Eating in Canada Semantics Scholar Community Design, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy This article uses a population health perspective to examine the complex set of interactions among the determinants of healthy eating.
55-Canadian Best Practices Portal (via PHAC) Canadian Best Practices Portal Active Living, Active Transportation, Children & Youth, Community Design, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy, Planning & Evaluation, Wellness Resource This Portal provides a consolidated one-stop shop for busy health professionals and public health decision-makers. It is a compilation of…
56-Canada’s Food Guide Government of Canada Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Wellness Resource Canada’s Food Guide provides resources, guidance and evidence based advice on both eating healthy and healthy eating behaviours.
57-Brooks Communities Choosewell Facebook Page Brooks Communities Choosewell Active Living, Children & Youth, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Wellness Resource Encouraging and supporting healthy eating, active living, and social well being to develop and promote healthy citizens and community in…
58-Bow Valley Food Alliance Facebook Page Bow Valley Food Alliance Healthy Eating, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration Posting live videos to support cooking and nutrition related initiatives.
59-BC Healthy Communities Society BC Healthy Communities Children & Youth, Community Design, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Seniors, Wellness Resource BC Healthy Communities Society is a province-wide not-for-profit organization that facilitates the ongoing development of healthy, thriving and resilient communities.
60-Bake Better Bites Healthy Schools BC Children & Youth, Health Promotion, Wellness Resource Searchable database of classroom and school resources compiled by Heathy Schools BC…
61-Apple Schools Apple Schools Active Living, Children & Youth, Community Design, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating APPLE Schools (A Project Promoting healthy Living for Everyone in schools) is an innovative school-focused health promotion initiative. It improves…
62-Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth Alberta Government Children & Youth, Community Design, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy The goal of the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth is to equip facilities and organizations with the tools…
63-Alberta Food Matters Facebook Page Alberta Food Matters Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy, Wellness Resource Since 2001, the Growing Food Security in Alberta (GFSA) network has supported many projects and initiatives across Alberta focusing on…
64-Alberta Food Matters Alberta Food Matters Active Eating, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy An Alberta initiative focusing on food security and food sovereignty using an asset based community development approach.
65-Alberta Agriculture: Guide to Growing a School Garden Government of Alberta Community Gardens, Nature Connections, Planning & Evaluation Food is one of life’s basic needs. Hands-on experience with a school garden is an important step in helping young…
66-AHS: How to Market Healthy Food & Drinks Alberta Health Services Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy Alberta Health Services has created a series of infographics that explain how to optimize the 4Ps of marketing to sell…
67-AHS: How to Create a Healthy Eating Environment Alberta Health Services Healthy Eating, Wellness Resource As a health organization and as health leaders, AHS wants to lead by example. Healthy eating is an important part…
68-AHS Community Garden Handbook Alberta Health Services Community Design, Community Gardens, Nature Connections The Community Gardens Handbook offers guidence to groups in Alberta who want to start and maintian a community garden that…
69-ACPLF-AHS: Healthier Together My Health Community Design, Health Promotion, Wellness Resource Healthier Together is an online resource that’s bringing Albertans together. It’s guiding entire communities toward healthier ways of living and…
70-A Seat at the Table; Resource Guide for Local Government to Promote Food Secure Communities Provincial Health Services Authority Community Design, Community Gardens, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy, Nature Connections, Planning & Evaluation This resource guide is designed to assist local governments promote food security and support food systems in BC. It showcases…
71-A Guide to Healthy Eating for Older Adults Eat Right Ontario Healthy Eating, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Seniors This guide is for older adults. Find tips and ideas to make healthy eating easy and enjoyable! Remember, it is…
72-A Fresh Start: A Guide to Offering Healthy Food and Drink Options in Recreation Food Services ARPA & CWW & AHS Children & Youth, Health Promotion, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy, Wellness Resource Check out the BRAND NEW guide developed by Alberta Recreation and Parks’ Communities ChooseWell program in partnership with Alberta Health…
73-2021 Alberta Nutrition Report Card Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention Community Design, Health Promotion, Healthy Community Design, Healthy Eating, Healthy Policy Alberta’s 2021 Nutrition Report Card is the seventh annual assessment of how Alberta’s current food environments and nutrition policies support…
74-“Nature is there; its free”: Urban Greenspaces and the Social Determinants of Health of Immigrant Families The National Benefits Hub Children & Youth, Community Design, Inclusive Community Engagement & Collaboration, Nature Connections, Newcomer In this article, we draw on a 2012 Montreal-based study that examined the embodied, every day practices of immigrant children…