Healthy Eating | Hastings Prince Edward Public Health

Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health offers many programs and services to support healthy eating. Staff are available on our Healthy Life Line to answer your questions at 613-966-5500 ext. 610 or 1-800-267-2803 ext. 610.

Programs & Services

Finding Food in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties

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Food Access Guide for Hastings & Prince Edward Counties

The Food Access Guide for Hastings & Prince Edward Counties contains information about free or low cost food and meal programs, as well as local community food initiatives! The regions covered are: Belleville, Central Hastings, North Hastings, Prince Edward County, Quinte West, and South East Hastings.

Are you an organization listed in the Food Access Guide? Would you like to have your organization added to the Guide? Please send new or updated program information to Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. Call the Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 610 or 1-800-267-2803 ext. 610 or email foodsecurity@hpeph.ca.

The Real Cost of Eating Well in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties

The Nutritious Food Basket (NFB) is a survey that monitors the cost of healthy eating using food prices from local grocery stores. This report uses the NFB to show that many residents find it challenging to afford healthy food when also paying for other necessary items such as housing, clothing, and transportation.  You can use this report to show decision makers that household food insecurity is much more than a food problem. It needs solutions that target income and the affordability of the daily costs of living. For more information, read the 2017 full report.

Cooking Classes for Adults

Cooking with the Basic Shelf is a series of 6 free cooking classes for adults (18 years and over) offered by HPEPH dietitians.  Join us each week as we learn, cook, and enjoy a meal together. You will also receive a copy of the Basic Shelf Cookbook and other giveaways! As part of the series you will learn about healthy eating on a budget, cooking with basic healthy foods, how to make healthy food choices, and more. For more information or to register, call our Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 610 or 1-800-267-2803 ext. 610.

Cooking Classes for Kids

Food for Thought is a five day free cooking program for kids 9 to 12 years old. Join us for March break or summer sessions as we learn to cook and enjoy good food together! Kids will learn about healthy eating, food and kitchen safety, and how to cook with basic kitchen tools. Supervision is provided. For more information, call our Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 610 or 1-800-267-2803 ext. 610.

Cooking Classes for Families

Cooking with Kids: Family Cooking Class is a series of five free cooking classes for caregivers and kids aged 6 to 8 (one child per caregiver). Join us for fun activities and prepare a meal to take home! Families will learn more about food safety, meal planning, and family meals. This series also includes a grocery store tour that provides more information on making healthy choices when shopping. Snacks are provided at the beginning of each class. For more information or to register, call our Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 610 or 1-800-267-2803 ext. 610.

Food Literacy Train-the-Trainer Workshop

The Food Literacy Workshop is a one-day (5 hour) training that is open to anyone who wishes to run a cooking class or food literacy program of their own. At the Food Literacy Workshop you will learn about the classes you can offer, the equipment and facilities you will need, food safety, and knife safety. There is also a hands-on cooking component so that you can experience what it’s like to attend one of our cooking classes. Those who complete the workshop will receive access to all of our class outlines, handouts, and presentations, as well as on-going support.

For more information or to register, call our Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 ext. 610 or 1-800-267-2803 ext. 610.

Healthy Eating by Age Group

Infants

Breastmilk contains everything your baby needs for the first six months of life. The longer a baby is breastfed, the greater the health benefits for both you and your baby. Solid foods can be introduced starting at around six months when babies show the signs of readiness.

HPEPH offers services to support healthy infant feeding and introduction of solid foods. Please see our Infant Feeding page for more details.

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Children

Healthy eating habits are built early in life. Children need a variety of food every day to get all the nutrition they need to learn, play, and grow. Offer a food from each of the four food groups from Canada’s Food Guide without pressure and role model healthy habits for your kids.

Learn more about healthy eating for children:

Youth

The teenage and early adult years are a period of growth and development. It is important for youth to give their bodies the nutrition they need to grow and thrive during this time. It is also important to remember that healthy bodies come in many shapes and sizes. A healthy body image means feeling comfortable with your body and what it can do, and accepting yourself the way you are.

Learn more about healthy eating and healthy body image for youth:

Adults & Older Adults

Good nutrition is important at any age. Adults that eat well feel well, and eating a healthy diet helps manage many health conditions and prevent injuries.

HPEPH recommends using Canada’s Food Guide as your go-to tool for healthy eating. Find information about the amount and type of food you should aim to eat daily, and nutrient needs for different ages and stage of life. Use My Food Guide to personalize your recommendations based on your age, gender, the foods you like, and your activity level.

Learn more about healthy eating for adults and older adults:

  • Take the Nutri-eSCREEN quiz for older adults
  • Download the EATracker App to check your food and activity choices, analyze your recipes and plan your meals

Other Questions About Food or Nutrition

Do you have other questions about healthy eating?  Find more information by:

  • Calling Telehealth Ontario, to speak to a Registered Dietitian for free at 1-866-797-0000 (weekdays from 9 am-5 pm)
  • Visiting the Unlock Food website for more information on popular nutrition topics
  • Looking at our local Nutrition Directory to find a local dietitian or other nutrition service 

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