Healthy Eating

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Healthy eating is a key part of leading a healthy life. Eating nutritious food gives us energy, promotes wellness and prevents chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.  

The Health Unit is here to support you, your family and the community in making healthy eating feasible at all stages of life. We do this by: 

  • Providing you with education, skills and resources  

  • Working with community partners to break down barriers to healthy food 

  • Helping to develop food-related policies to prevent chronic disease and promote wellness in our district

  • Advocating to ensure healthy and safe access to food for all 

More Information:

Healthy Food for Life

Find nutrition information for yourself or a loved one:

Nutrition during Pregnancy

Feeding your Baby

Feeding Your Pre-Schooler

Feeding Your School-Aged Child

Nutrition for Older Adults

 Body Positivity

Positive body image and healthy self-esteem are important to our health and wellbeing. Visit the links below to learn about weight bias and find resources to help you love your body.

Reducing Weight Bias

Body Confidence for Teens

Body Positivity Resources

Find a Dietitan

If you’re looking for nutrition counselling on a specific health condition and would like to speak with a registered dietitian, there are a few options:

1) View our Dietitian Directory to find a local dietitian

2) Dial 811 to call Health Connect Ontario and speak directly to a registered dietitian about nutrition and healthy eating. This service is available 24/7.

Community Groups and School Programs

Come cook at our place! The Health Unit’s North Bay office has a Teaching Kitchen that can be booked by community organizations and groups. To learn how your organization can lead cooking and food skills programs, please call 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5532.

Adventures in Cooking is a program for kids aged 8-12. The Health Unit trains community groups to lead the program. The Health Unit also trains community partners to lead community kitchens. Contact us at 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5532 for more information.

The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program (NFVP) provides two free servings of fruit and vegetables each week to students (JK to grade 8) from January to June. The main goal of the program is to increase the likeability of vegetables and fruit among children. Learn more about the NFVP.

Community Living offers a student nutrition program to ensure all children attending school are well-nourished and ready to learn.

Teachers! Find in-classroom teaching resources and tools about healthy eating

Additional Resources

  • Health Connect Ontario: A free, secure and confidential service you can call or access online 24 hours a day, seven days a week to get health advice from a registered health professional or find health services or information (previously Telehealth).
  • Canada's Food Guide: Canada's Food Guide provides healthy eating guidelines from Health Canada. Order copies of Canada’s Food Guide here
  • Unlockfood.ca provides information on nutrition, food and healthy eating as well as recipes, videos and interactive healthy eating tools 

  • Cookspiration.com provides healthy recipes and meal inspiration 

  • Your Health allows you to analyze recipes, search nutrition topics A to Z, and get tips to plan, shop and cook healthy meals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page Three: Body Positivity 

We believe all bodies are good bodies and health can be achieved at any size. However, many people in larger bodies experience bias, bullying and discrimination. Visit the links below to learn about weight bias and how to be inclusive of all body sizes in your work and life.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page Four: Community Groups & School Programs 

Come cook at our place! The Health Unit’s North Bay office has a Teaching Kitchen that can be booked by community organizations and groups. To learn how your organization can lead cooking and food skills programs, please call 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5532. 

Adventures in Cooking is a program for kids aged 8-12. The Health Unit trains community groups to lead the program. The Health Unit also trains community partners to lead community kitchens. Contact us at 1-800-563-2808 ext. 5532 for more information. 

The Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program (NFVP) provides two free servings of fruit and vegetables each week to students (JK to grade 8) from January to June. The main goal of the program is to increase the likeability of vegetables and fruit among children. Learn more about the NFVP. 

Community Living offers a student nutrition program to ensure all children attending school are well-nourished and ready to learn. 

Teachers! Find in-classroom teaching resources and tools about healthy eating 

Community Kitchen Modules are resources that you can use in the community kitchen or at home. Community kitchens help develop skills to prepare healthy and nutritious meals and to become better in budgeting and shopping. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Emergency Food Kits 

North Bay

345 Oak Street West
705-474-1400

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302
705-746-5801

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)
1-800-563-2808