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Healthy Eating for Adults

Adults & Older Adults

Good nutrition is important at any age. Eating well can help you feel well and reduce your risk for, or help you manage, health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure.

Use Canada’s Food Guide as your go-to tool for healthy eating. Aim to have plenty of vegetables and fruit, eat protein foods, and choose whole grains each day. Plan what you eat and cook at home often. Enjoy meals and snacks with others when possible.

Healthy eating is about more than what you eat. It also includes how you eat and your relationships with food, eating, and your body. This includes:

  • Making eating an enjoyable experience by taking time to eat and focusing on your food. Limit distractions like screens and avoid eating on the run, when possible.
  • Listening to your body. Paying attention to how your body feels before and during eating can help you recognize your hunger and fullness cues.
  • Enjoying food with family, friends, neighbours, or co-workers. Food is a way of connecting with others and passing on traditions.
  • Not attaching moral value to food. Labeling foods as “good”, “bad”, “healthy”, or “unhealthy” can negatively affect your relationship with food and how you see your body. All foods can fit into a healthy pattern of eating.
  • Eating well to feel good. Choosing vegetables and fruit, whole grains, and protein foods regularly can benefit your health even if you don’t see changes in your appearance.

If you are looking to improve your cooking skills or get new recipe ideas, register for our Cooking with the Basic Shelf series.

Other Resources

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Food and Healthy Eating, Food Safety

Community Food Assessment

PUBLISHED: Wednesday November 18, 2020

The Real Cost of Eating Well 2018

PUBLISHED: Wednesday January 31, 2018

Food Literacy Report 2017

PUBLISHED: Sunday December 31, 2017

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Due to limited supply, HPEPH will initially be prioritizing available bivalent vaccine for residents and workers at identified highest-risk facilities.  Some HPEPH vaccination clinics MAY offer the bivalent vaccine, as availability allows. Vaccine clinics in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties will continue to offer monovalent vaccines (the same mRNA vaccines given as the primary series) for all eligible individuals until a steady supply of the bivalent vaccine is available.

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