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Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating - Eat Well

Eating well is good for your body and your mind. Eating a variety of foods can make you feel good overall, give you energy, improve your mood, and maintain your health. Eating well and being active can lower your risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type two diabetes, and some cancers. It can also help you reach and maintain a healthy weight. 

The health unit works to support access to safe, nutritious, affordable food and encourages healthy eating in our communities.

We:

  • Assess and report on the nutritional health of our communities.
  • Work with others in the community to create policies, supportive environments and programs to support healthy eating.
  • Engage with our communities to increase the intake of plant-based foods and decrease the intake of processed foods.
  • Lead and support members of the public and community partners to address household food insecurity and healthy food systems.

What Matters to Your Health

Household Food Insecurity

One of every eight households in Simcoe Muskoka is worried about not having enough money for their next meal. And in Simcoe Muskoka, close to 57,000 residents are living with low income. Studies show that people who rely on social assistance or are earning minimum wage do not have enough money to buy basic healthy foods and pay for rent and other basic needs.

Food insecurity can have a serious impact on physical, mental, and social health starting in childhood. Income solutions like a basic income for everyone, living wage, social assistance rates geared to the real cost of living, and policies that encourage good jobs with regular hours and benefits are needed. This would see everyone able to afford basic needs, and put food on the table with dignity.

Healthy Food Systems

Access to a steady and affordable supply of healthy food improves individual and community health. It also reduces the risk of many chronic diseases. Locally-produced food is an important part of this supply, and the way communities are designed can influence access to locally produced food.  Communities must take action to preserve and protect the land, water, and other resources required to produce that food and sustain and grow the local food system.

For more information:

Call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

External Links

Find a Registered Dietitian

Dietitians of Canada – Find a Dietitian

EatRight Ontario - Contact Us

 

Public Health Dietitians

Public health dietitians provide information and support healthy eating programs in the community. To get involved in any of the healthy eating programs listed contact us at 1-877-721-7520.

 

Dietitians in Hospitals

Contact your local hospital and inquire about the services of a Registered Dietitian.

 

Eating Disorder Services

The North Simcoe Healthline services Muskoka District, Midland, Penetanguishene & Area, Orillia & Area, Collingwood & Area and Barrie & Area. Check out the services available to North Simcoe Muskoka residents.

The Central Healthline services South Simcoe as well as York Region, North York, Etobicoke and York-Toronto. Check out the services available to South Simcoe residents through the Central Healthline.For more information on eating disorders visit National Eating Disorder Information Centre.


 

Family Health Teams

Family Health Teams are being opened throughout Ontario to provide improved access to healthcare services. A team of health professionals, including Registered Dietitians are available at the six LHIN: North Simcoe Muskoka Family Health Teams and the Alliston Family Health Team (in LHIN Central). Contact your doctor to find out if the services of a Registered Dietitian are available through their practice.

Visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website for more information about Family Health Teams.

 

Community Care Access Centre

Clients receiving homecare may qualify for services from a dietitian at the North Simcoe Muskoka Community Care Access Centre or Central Community Care Access Centre.

 

Diabetes Education Program

Visit Canadian Diabetes Association to find a diabetes education program near you.

 

Grocery Store Dietitians

Some grocery store and supermarket chains employ Registered Dietitians as a service to the community. In Simcoe Muskoka, these services are offered at local Zehrs and Loblaws stores. Grocery store Registered Dietitians offer a variety of services, including:
  • Grocery store tours – Hands-on nutrition education throughout the store to identify healthier products for your specific needs. These can be customized for individuals and groups. Topics include: healthy eating for diabetes, family nutrition tips and ideas, and weight management.
  • School field trips – tailored to curriculum requirements for students in grade K-6.
  • Personalized nutrition check-ups – One-on-one counseling based on individual needs.
  • Healthy cooking classes
  • Nutrition Q & A –opportunity to ask questions or receive recommendations about products in-person, by phone, or over email.
To find out when your in-store dietitian is available, visit the pharmacy or customer service in your Loblaws or Zehrs store. Schedules are also available online or you can contact your in-store dietitian directly:

Loblaws

Zehrs Markets

 

For School Field Trips

Visit The Field Trip Factory or call 855-383-0900.

Community Programs

Community Connection 211 – Simcoe County

Community Connection 211 – District of Muskoka

Have a Question??

Call EatRight Ontario

Speak directly to a Registered Dietitian to get answers to your nutrition and healthy eating questions. This service is free to everybody who lives in Ontario. Call toll-free:  1-877-510-5102

Contact Health Connection

For more information on health and well-being for you your family, call 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, by email, or connect with us wherever you are on Facebook or Twitter.


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