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Healthy Eating for Adults

Adults & Older Adults

Good nutrition is important at any age. Eating well can help you feel well and reduce your risk for, or help you manage, health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure.

Use Canada’s Food Guide as your go-to tool for healthy eating. Aim to have plenty of vegetables and fruit, eat protein foods, and choose whole grains each day. Plan what you eat and cook at home often. Enjoy meals and snacks with others when possible.

Healthy eating is about more than what you eat. It also includes how you eat and your relationships with food, eating, and your body. This includes:

  • Making eating an enjoyable experience by taking time to eat and focusing on your food. Limit distractions like screens and avoid eating on the run, when possible.
  • Listening to your body. Paying attention to how your body feels before and during eating can help you recognize your hunger and fullness cues.
  • Enjoying food with family, friends, neighbours, or co-workers. Food is a way of connecting with others and passing on traditions.
  • Not attaching moral value to food. Labeling foods as “good”, “bad”, “healthy”, or “unhealthy” can negatively affect your relationship with food and how you see your body. All foods can fit into a healthy pattern of eating.
  • Eating well to feel good. Choosing vegetables and fruit, whole grains, and protein foods regularly can benefit your health even if you don’t see changes in your appearance.

If you are looking to improve your cooking skills or get new recipe ideas, register for our Cooking with the Basic Shelf series.

Other Resources

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Food and Healthy Eating, Food Safety

The Real Cost of Eating Well 2018

PUBLISHED: Wednesday January 31, 2018

Food Literacy Report 2017

PUBLISHED: Sunday December 31, 2017

Upcoming Clinics and Classes RELATED TO : Food Skills Classes


Marmora Cooking With the Basic Shelf

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marmora Curling Club


Marmora Cooking With the Basic Shelf

September 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marmora Curling Club


Marmora Cooking With the Basic Shelf

October 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marmora Curling Club


Marmora Cooking With the Basic Shelf

October 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Marmora Curling Club

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.