Nutrition and Food Security

ᐊᒥᔫᒣᐁᒍᓇᓄᒡ ᐁqᒪᒃ ᔭᐦᐅᓇᓇgᐅᒡdᐊgᓄ ᒣᐁᒍᒻ


Program objectives

  • Promote healthy eating habits
  • Support the development of or maintain healthy food environments
  • Ensure access to nutritious foods (availability and affordability)

Why is this program important?

Healthy eating provides many health benefits, related to physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. It plays an important role in prevention of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, hypertension and cancer.

To facilitate the adoption of healthy eating habits, it is essential to develop and maintain healthy food environments in the communities of Eeyou Istchee and ensure the availability of affordable nutritious foods for the families in the region.

Program description

The nutrition and food security program aims at promoting healthy eating habits, developing or maintaining healthy environments and supporting local and regional initiatives.

Activities which promote healthy eating habits, including traditional and healthy market foods:

  • Nutrition Month and Diabetes Month
  • Messages through the web and local media (radio, newspapers, etc.)
  • Development, support of implementation and follow-up of programs to promote healthy eating habits and nutrition education: Drop the Pop program in the schools, daycare nutrition program, etc.
  • Development and distribution of tools to promote healthy eating habits (Plate method placemats, recipes, etc.).

Developing and maintaining supportive environments:

  • Developing and supporting the implementation of nutrition policies in different settings, such as the daycares, the CBHSSJB, etc.
  • Implementing an initiative for the service of traditional food in institutional food services (such as Hospital, MSDC, etc.).
  • Carrying out a project on access to healthy grocery stores and developing partnerships with local food stores

Support local health workers and community partners:

  • Training in nutrition, health and safety and food allergies
  • Basic training in food service (ordering list, menus, cooking methods, etc.).
  • Organization of monthly and annual nutrition meetings 

Support local and regional initiatives:

  • Support the implementation of educational activities in the school nutrition environments, summer camps, etc.
  • Sharing local and regional initiatives with various health workers, community partners, etc.
  • Financial support for specific activities related to nutrition and food security

Targeted clientele

Although the nutrition and food security program is an initiative of the Chishaayiyuu Miyupimaatisiiun team (for adults 30 years and older), this program targets all age groups since acquiring healthy eating habits starts at a young age, as the prevention of chronic diseases.

Who delivers the program?

This program is part of the activities of the Chishaayiyuu Miyupimaatisiiun team of the Public Health Department of CBHSSJB. It is coordinated by

Chantal Vinet-Lanouette, Nutritionist
Planning, Programming and Research Officer- Nutrition

Lilian Kandiliotis, Nutritionist
Planning, Programming and Research Officer - Institutional Food Services

In collaboration with:

Catherine Godin, Nutritionist
Planning, Programming and Research Officer – Chronic Diseases

Hélène Porada, Nutritionist
Diabetes Educator 


Plate Method placemat and pamphlet 

Drop the Pop program  

CBHSSSJB Nutrition Policy 

Daycare Nutrition Program

Access to Nutritious Foods in the stores of Eeyou Istchee

Building a Healthy Baby Food Guide


Yummy Iron-Rich Recipes

Funding for Community Activities

HEAL (Healthy Environment Active Living) funding program 

 Food Security Fund