Hastings Prince Edward Public Health recommends the use of Canada’s Food Guide as a guide for healthy eating for everyone 2 years of age and older. The Food Guide provides information on the amount and type of food people need to eat on a daily basis.
In the Workplace
Healthy Nutrition Environment (video)
The Nutrition Directory is a comprehensive source of reliable and credible nutrition programs and services available to residents of Hastings and Prince Edward counties. A listing of services provided by local registered dietitians is available, as well as information on other agencies/professionals dealing with nutrition-related medical concerns, such as, diabetes and eating disorders.
Healthy Life Line
Residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties with questions about physical activity or local healthy eating programs and services can call Hastings Prince Edward Public Health’s Healthy Life Line. Registered dietitians and physical activity professionals will respond to questions.
Call (613) 966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.
TTY: Dial 711 + (613) 966-5500 + GA (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
Using Common Messages to Support Healthy Eating and Active Living
The emphasis on obesity in health care today often leads to a strong focus on body weight. While excess weight is a risk factor for some chronic diseases, it is important to remember that weight is only one indicator of health. Other factors, including genetics, age, activity levels, and eating habits, affect health risk as well. In fact, people who are overweight can improve their health status and reduce their risk of chronic diseases by engaging in healthier behaviours, independent of weight loss.
It is important for children and adults to learn that their personal worth is not related to their body size. Words and actions intended to target obesity can sometimes cause unintended harm, resulting in lowered self-esteem and negative body image. People who feel good about themselves and their bodies are more likely to adopt lifestyle behaviours that lead to improved health. Therefore, we encourage health professionals and the community to suspend any negative biases or judgments associated with weight and to focus on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours instead.
Healthy Bodies: Eat Well, Be Active, and Feel Good About Yourself is a document created for health professionals that contains consistent, evidence-based key messages for the public on the issues of weight, healthy eating, physical activity, body image, and self-esteem. Each key message is accompanied by background evidence and rationale. Several case study scenarios are also included which demonstrate how the key messages can be incorporated into practice.
For more information, call our Healthy Life Line at (613) 966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.
TTY: Dial 711 + (613) 966-5500 (Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)