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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

  • Take the Nutri-eSCREEN quiz for older adults
  • Speak to a Registered Dietitian for free by calling Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 (weekdays from 9am – 5pm)
  • Visit Unlock Food for more information on popular nutrition topics
  • Our local Nutrition Directory can help you find a local Registered Dietitian or other nutrition services
  • Use the Food Access Guide to find free or low-cost food and meal programs and services in your region

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


Food Literacy Workshop – Part 2

May 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office


Food For Thought

July 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office


Food For Thought

July 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office


Food For Thought

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

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If you have returned from travel anywhere outside of Canada, you must self-isolate for 14 days and immediately contact Public Health or your local health care provider if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. Earlier this month all travellers were asked to self-isolated when they returned to Canada. Effective March 25, the federal government made this isolation mandatory under the Quarantine Act to better protect our most vulnerable citizens. Each of us must make the responsible decision to follow the advice of health authorities. It’s in everyone’s best interest to do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.