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Food and Nutrition

Children and Healthy Eating

Health Canada recognizes the important role healthy eating plays in promoting the health of children and youth. Numerous resources, including dietary guidance, research and reports and tools and resources, have been developed to support evidence-based policy and program development.

Dietary Guidance

Research and Reports

Research and reports on specific issues related to children and youth are provided to help inform current initiatives.

Retail Food Environments in Canada

  • Retail Food Environments in Canada - This special supplement fills important gaps in knowledge on Canadian retail food environments. It builds on the Food Environments in Canada: Symposium and Workshop in May 2015 where food environment researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines explored evidence in this rapidly growing area. A recommendation emerged to consolidate key research in this multi-disciplinary field together in one place.

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The supplement was developed collaboratively with the University of Saskatchewan and the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, University of Waterloo.

Healthy Eating After School

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This paper was prepared for the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Health Canada, in collaboration with a working group of the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Group on Nutrition (FPTGN).

School Health

Supportive Environments for Learning: healthy eating and physical activity within comprehensive school health

A journal supplement contains a series of seven articles that:

  • summarize the state of knowledge on policy options to support healthy eating and physical activity in the school setting;
  • describe roles of stakeholders; and
  • provide an overview of monitoring and evaluating the implementation of school policies.

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These articles highlight the importance of integrating action on healthy eating and physical activity within a broader comprehensive school health framework. They include key findings from scientific background papers, which provided the evidence to inform the development of the 2008 WHO School Policy Framework. The articles acknowledge that further research is needed to strengthen the evidence base to inform future programs and policies.

The supplement was developed collaboratively with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Joint Consortium for School Health.

Cooking and Food Preparation Skills

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These reports were prepared for the Healthy Living Issue Group of the Public Health Network through a collaborative effort between the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Group on Nutrition

Tools and Resources:

Physical Activity

Programs

School Health

Surveillance

Childhood Obesity Prevention