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Healthy Eating: Increasing healthy food and beverage options

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  • Healthy eating,
  • Physical environment,
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  • Healthcare facilities,
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Healthy eating: Increasing healthy food and beverage access and 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 increase our risk of poor health.2

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