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Healthy Eating: Increasing affordable options for healthy eating

Categories:

  • Healthy eating,
  • Economic environment,
  • Community,

Increasing affordable options 

Healthy, safe and affordable food is a key determinant of health.1 Access and consumption of healthy foods reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases including cancer. The food we eat can also increase our risk of poor health.

Approximately 30 per cent of colorectal cancers in Alberta may be caused by an unhealthy diet.3 In 2015, approximately 8% of new cases of colorectal cancer diagnosed in Alberta were linked to low vegetable and fruit consumption, while approximately 10% were linked to consumption of red and processed meats.4,5