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Healthy Eating

Programs & Services

The Food Access Guide for Hastings and Prince Edward Counties

Do you know where to find food in your community?

Please visit to find the Food Access Guide and information about free or low cost food and meal programs in your area. These include:

  • Emergency Food Services
  • Meal Programs
  • Collective Kitchens & Cooking Classes
  • Food Box Programs
  • Community Gardens
  • Student Nutrition Programs
  • Grocery Delivery and Transportation

Are you an organization listed in the Guide? Please send new or updated program information to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. Call the Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 610 or 1-800-267-2803 ext. 610 or email

EatRight Ontario

Do you have a question about food or nutrition? The Registered Dietitians of EatRight Ontario have the answer.

To speak with one of the ERO dietitian, call toll-free at 1-877-510-5102.

Go to the ERO website for information on healthy eating, meal planning, recipes and more!

Nutrition Directory

Looking for a nutrition service in Hastings and Prince Edward counties? This is a list of local nutrition programs and services. Agencies in the area may wish to use the Nutrition Directory to refer clients to services. 

The Real Cost of Eating Well

Many people in Hastings and Prince Edward counties are unable to afford healthy food.

Public Health visits local grocery stores every year to record prices for a list of foods. These prices help calculate the cost of a basic healthy diet.

Find out who is struggling to buy healthy food and what you can do to help. Read the full report in The Cost of Eating Well in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties 2016


Healthy eating is a core part of living well. Adults that eat well feel well.

Public Health recommends using Canada’s Food Guide as your go-to tool for healthy eating. Find information on the amount and type of food people should aim to eat daily.

Use My Food Guide to personalize your recommendations. Customize them based on your age, your gender, the foods you like, and your activity level! 

For more information, call the Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500, ext. 610 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.


Children's minds and bodies are active and growing. They need a variety of healthy foods every day to get all the nutrients they need. Good nutrition also helps them learn and play.

Did you know? The things we learn and do as kids shape our healthy habits later in life. Let Canada’s Food Guide help you support and model healthy habits for your kids. Plan, cook, and serve foods from each of the four food groups.

Eat Together as a Family

When we enjoy meals together as a family we take time to connect, share stories, and enjoy food with each other. Make mealtime a priority for your family. Just be eating together, your kids may be less likely to:

  • Become overweight
  • Develop an eating disorder
  • Engage in high-risk behaviours

For information, call the Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

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The way you think, feel, and believe your body looks and performs is important. A healthy body image means you feel comfortable with your body and what it can do. It means accepting yourself the way you are. 

Don't Fall for the Hype

Unrealistic body shapes in the media can make us believe we need to look like that to be attractive. The reality is that no one actually looks like that. In fact, "ideal" images in the media are a result of air-brushing and other computer tricks! 

Know the Truth

The truth is that healthy bodies come in many shapes and sizes - and this is something to celebrate. Your body reflects more than what you eat and how you move. It also reflects your genetics.

If you eat well and enjoy daily activity, your body will naturally grow to be at a weight that is healthy for you. Remember that the teenage and early adult years are a period of growth and development. This means your body shape will change during this time and that is normal.

For more information, call the Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500, ext. 610 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.