Credible Healthy Eating Online Resources

The following websites contain credible and reliable nutrition information. Use this information to improve your own nutrition knowledge, share with your clients, and use to plan your healthy eating programming. Inclusion of a website is for information only and does not imply endorsement from Ottawa Public Health.

Healthy Eating

Ottawa Public Health

Includes:

  • Parenting in Ottawa - Resources and services for parents on pregnancy and children from birth to 18 years
  • The LINK - Resources and services for people under the age of 29 years. It was designed to help youth and young adults live healthier lives

Dietitians of Canada

Resources, apps, and videos on various nutrition topics throughout the lifecycle.

Includes:

  • eaTracker - An app for clients to plan meals, analyze recipes, and track physical activity

  • Cookspiration - An app to find recipes for any time of the day or week

  • UnlockFood - Information on nutrition and healthy eating. Formerly EatRight Ontario

Diabetes Canada

Information on managing type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes, and prediabetes, as well as recipes and healthy living resources.

Diabetes at Schools by the Canadian Paediatric Society

Resources for families, schools and caregivers to help school-aged children with type 1 diabetes.

Eating Ontario Fish by the Ontario Government

Guide to the sizes and amounts of fish you can safely eat, how to choose fish with the lowest levels of contaminants, and fish you should not eat (including special advice for children and pregnant women).

The Ellyn Satter Institute

Information on the division of responsibility in feeding, healthy child development, joyful eating, and positive eating relationships.

Food Allergy Canada

Brochures, posters, and information sheets on common food allergens.

Foodland Ontario

Interactive website on the availability of Ontario produce, nutritional benefits, and recipes.

Health Canada

Various nutrition topics throughout the lifecycle: food labels, food allergies and intolerances, food safety, healthy weights, choosing healthy foods, nutrients, and much more.

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The Heart and Stroke Foundation

Information and interactive "healthy e-tools" for clients on healthy eating.

Just Food

A variety of local resources for clients and program planning:

  • The Ottawa Buy Local, Grow Local Guide
  • Food Link Directory of community food programs and services
  • Breastfeeding Friendly Business Toolkit
  • Community Garden Network

Love Food Hate Waste Canada

Information on how to revive foods, make food last longer, best before dates, and reducing food waste.

Nutrition Screening

Nutrition screening questionnaries to find out what is going well, where there is room for improvement, and where to find trusted healthy eating information and tools.

Includes:

  • Nutri-eSTEP for toddlers - 17 questions for a parent or caregiver for a toddler child (18-35 months)
  • Nutri-eSTEP for preschoolers - 17 questions for a parent or caregiver for a preschool child (3-5 years)
  • Nutri-eSCREEN - 14 questions for older adults 50 years and older to find nutrition resources to help improve their habits

Ontario Dietitians in Public Health

Resources for public-health related programs, policies and health promotion strategies.

Raising our Kids Healthy

Over 70 short videos on healthy eating, physical activity, and positive body image for youth.

Sodium 101

Facts about food sources of sodium, health impacts of sodium, and strategies to reduce sodium intake.

Healthy Eating - Industry

Disclaimer: The following websites promote specific foods as part of a healthy diet. While they are good sources of recipes and information on industry practices, scientific data presented on these websites is often biased. Use with caution.

Canadian Beef

Information on Canadian beef, nutrition facts, as well as recipes.

Canadian Produce Marketing Association

Includes:

  • Half Your Plate - Information and videos about choosing and preparing vegetables and fruit, eating on a budget, and food storage
  • Freggie Tales - Games, contests, and recipe ideas for kids.  The parents and teachers section of the site has information and activities to increase intake of vegetables and fruit
  • Produce Made Simple - Information and videos about choosing and preparing vegetables and fruit, eating on a budget, and food storage

Canadian Turkey

Nutritional information on turkey and cooking how-tos.

Chicken Farmers of Canada

Information on chicken nutrition and food safety, as well as how-to videos on cooking.

Dairy Farmers of Canada

Includes:

  • Dairy Goodness - Recipes, menus, videos and information to incorporate milk into a healthy diet
  • Dairy Nutrition - Scientific information for health professionals on the role of milk products in nutrition and health
  • Get Enough Helper - An app to easily track your food servings each day, get personalized recipe recommendations and tips

Egg Farmers of Canada

Information on where eggs come from and their nutritional benefits.

Healthy Grains Institute

Factsheets, recipes and information about grains, flour, and bread.

Lentils

Information on the nutritional benefits of lentils and how to cook them.

Mission Nutrition by Kellogg Canada

Curriculum-based resources for students in kindergarten to Grade 8 to engage students in healthy eating, physical activity and positive self-esteem.

Ontario Pork

Nutrition and industry information to help you learn more about Ontario pork. Includes recipes and cooking videos.

Pulse Canada

Information on the nutritional benefits of pulses and how to cook different varieties of beans, chickpeas, lentils, and peas.

Food Safety

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Fact sheets, infographics and tips to help consumers handle food products safely and use labels to make informed decisions.

Fight BAC!®

Webinars, brochures, and activities on food safety for consumers, retailers and educators based on the four core practices of clean, separate, cook, and chill.

Health Canada

General food safety tips

 

Healthy Eating Education and Programming

Best Start Resource Centre

Information and print resources on prenatal, infant and child nutrition.

BrightBites

Resources for teachers and school leaders to improve school nutrition and the eating habits of students.

Includes:

  • Sip Smart!™ Ontario - Lesson plans licensed by the Ministry of Education to educate children on sugary drinks and healthy drink choices

Colour It Up! by Cancer Care Ontario

Resources to encourage women 19+ years of age to eat more vegetables and fruit. Resources are archived on the Nutrition Resource Centre website.

Health Canada - Eat Well and Be Active Educational Toolkit

Educational toolkits and presentations to teach children and adults about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity, and encourage individuals to take action to maintain and improve their health.

Language Learning for Health

Lesson plans for adult ESL learners on healthy eating, Canada’s Food Guide, food labelling, and much more. Designed by Ottawa Public Health and Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

Nutrition Resource Centre

Resources for clients, as well as evidence and resources to plan professional development events and healthy eating programs/policies.

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Updated August 2018

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