- 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.
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
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
Funding for Community Activities
HEAL (Healthy Environment Active Living) funding program
Food Security Fund