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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health
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Healthy Eating

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is eager to partner with local health care providers to promote healthy eating.

Recommendations and Resources

Nutrition Guides and Directories

HPEPH recommends the use of Canada’s Food Guide to guide food choices and eating habits to help Canadians improve their health, meet nutrient needs, and reduce the risk of chronic disease.

For infants and children, we recommend use of the 2019 Pediatric Nutrition Guidelines (Birth to Six Years), which have been developed by the Ontario Dietitians in Public Health. This ODPH document provides evidence-based nutrition guidelines and red flags for healthy, full-term infants and children up to six years of age for health professionals. 

The Nutrition Directory is a comprehensive source of reliable and credible nutrition programs and services available to residents of Hastings and Prince Edward counties. A listing of services provided by local registered dietitians is available, as well as information about other agencies/professionals dealing with nutrition-related medical concerns such as diabetes and eating disorders.

The Food Access Guide provides information about free or low-cost food and meal programs and services in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties. It is divided into six different sections based on geographic area and provides information about local community gardens, food banks, food box programs, and more.

Food Literacy Classes

Public Health offers several food literacy classes as well as train-the-trainer workshops for those who are interested in offering their own food literacy program or cooking class. Our Food Skills Classes page offers an overview of all available classes, or you can search for classes in our events calendar.

Supporting Healthy Behaviours

The emphasis on obesity in health care today often leads to a strong focus on body weight. Many factors, including genetics, age, and income, can affect a person’s body size and the choices available to them. It is important for children and adults to learn that their personal worth is not related to their body size.

Words and actions intended to help clients improve their health can cause unintended harm, resulting in lowered self-esteem and negative body image. People who feel good about themselves and their bodies are more likely to adopt lifestyle behaviours that lead to improved health and reduce the risk of chronic disease, independent of weight status. We encourage health professionals and the community to suspend any negative biases or judgments associated with weight and to focus on promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours instead.

Need More Information About Healthy Eating?

Health care partners and residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties with questions about physical activity or local healthy eating programs and services can call Hastings Prince Edward Public Health’s Healthy Life Line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 610.

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2) Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days and contact Public Health if symptoms of COVID-19 develop.

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.