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Healthy Eating: Supportive Programs

Categories:

  • Healthy eating,
  • Social environment,
  • Community,
  • Workplace,
  • Schools,

Develop supportive programs for healthy food and beverage choices

SETTING

Community, facilities and organizations, healthcare facilities, schools, workplaces

HOW

  • Consider working with key stakeholders to develop programs and initiatives that promote healthy eating, along with regular physical activity, in the community.1, 2
  • Programs should be sustained over the long-term and adequately evaluated.2 See Learning from Experience for additional strategies to support program development.

Tip: Collaborate with community child- and youth-centered organizations to promote healthy eating and regular physical activity.2, 3

Example in action: The establishment of a community garden on Montana First Nation in Alberta provided a space to bring people together, while promoting healthy food.

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  1. Garcia J, Beyers J, Uetrecht C, et al. Healthy eating, physical activity, and healthy weights guideline for public health in Ontario. Toronto (ON): Cancer Care Ontario, Program in Evidence-based Care; 2010. Available from: http://ocp.cancercare.on.ca/common/pages/UserFile.aspx?fileId=64413.
  2. Koplan JP, Liverman CT, Kraak VA. Preventing childhood obesity: health in the balance. Washington (DC): The National Academies Press; 2004.
  3. Sustainable Childhood Obesity Prevention through Community Engagement (SCOPE). Live 5-2-1-0. Vancouver: SCOPE; n.d. Available from: www.live5210.ca.
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