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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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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

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