Healthy community environments support healthy eating by making healthy food options readily available, accessible, and affordable in the community.
Our diet can increase or decrease our risk of developing chronic disease and certain cancers. An Alberta study suggests about 30% of colorectal cancers in Alberta can be attributed to not eating healthy1. Access to sources of nutritious, safe, affordable and secure food is a key determinant of health.
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Explore programs, organization, tools and resources to support healthy eating.
Healthy Eating Starts Here, Alberta Health Services
Information, tools and resources to support healthy eating where you live, work, learn and play.
Healthy Vending Toolkit
Guides you through a step-by-step process to take action on healthy vending in your school, recreation centre, or workplace
Alberta Nutrition Guidelines For Children & Youth
A childcare, school and recreation/community centre resource manual
Alberta Nutrition Report Card
Annual assessment of how Alberta’s current food environments and nutrition policies support or create barriers to improving children’s eating behaviours and body weights
Comprehensive School Health – Healthy School Policy
Resources and sample policies for implementing a healthy school policy
Dietitians of Canada
Information about healthy food choices, training, resources related to healthy diet
Community Gardens Handbook
Helps community groups who want to start a community garden, including key steps, plus tools and tips to help along the way
Community Food Connections Association
How to start a community kitchen, where to find one, workshops and recipes
Collective Kitchen Manual, Alberta Health Services
Everything you need to know to start, run and maintain a collective kitchen
Resources, programs, training, recipies, food preparation and food distribution with an emphasis on increasing fruit and vegetable consumption
Universal School Food Strategy for Alberta
Growing Food Security in Alberta Network; resources, policy development, educational projects, programs and workshops
School Nutrition Program
Good Food Boxes
Top-quality, fresh food available; fosters community development and promotes healthy eating in a non-stigmatizing way
Community Food Connections
Citizens concerned about food, nutrition, health, social justice, the environment and local agriculture, and believe that healthy food is a right for all
Good Food Club
Medicine Hat and Redcliff food club promotes fruit and vegetables; all welcome
Healthy eating in schools
Perceived community environmental influences on eating behaviors: A Photovoice analysis.
1. Alberta Prevents Cancer - http://www.albertapreventscancer.ca/reduce-your-risk/eat-healthy/
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