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Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle, regardless of age. Healthy eating ensures your body gets all the nutrients it needs.  It also helps reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

It’s recommended to have a healthy pattern of eating most of the time. Healthy eating doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite foods, but try to choose healthier options more often. The pattern of eating over longer periods of time is more important than any one meal or food.

Follow the healthy eating recommendations from Canada’s Food Guide to ensure your everyday diet is a healthy one.

 

Visit Canada’s Food Guide
for more information on healthy eating,
recipes, resources and more

Have a healthy eating question?

Call the Registered Dietitians at Telehealth Ontario toll-free at 1-866-797-0000 or visit UnlockFood.ca.

Healthy Eating Across the Lifespan 

Infants have special needs when it comes to nutrition! Knowing what to offer and when is important for your child’s health and development.  For more information on infant nutrition, visit Health Canada – Infant Nutrition

Breastfeeding? Need support or just have questions?
Visit WECHU Healthy Families Department now!

Best Start Feeding Your Baby Resource is a step by step guide to feeding your baby that you can download, print or view.

Build a HealthyToddler provides information on feeding children aged 18 to 35 months. 

Have a picky eater? Click here for more information

For more information on how to encourage healthy eating and physical activity in your child’s life, click on one of the following:

Eat Right Be Active: A Guide for Caregivers of Toddlers 12-36 Months

Eat Right Be Active: A Guide for Caregivers of Preschoolers Ages 3-5

BusyBodies (and the French version Hop la Vie!) provides food and play ideas for preschoolers (3-5 year-olds)

Do you have questions about your child and health eating? Get your questions answered about children’s nutrition, picky eating, kids in the kitchen, and health concerns by visiting Dietitians of Canada

The Nutrition Resource Centre's Eat Right Be Active: A Guide for Caregivers of Children Ages 6-8  can help parents and caregivers encourage healthy eating and physical activity in a child’s life.

Need some healthy eating tips? Visit Canada’s Food Guide’s Healthy Eating for Teens

Young Athlete? DYK you need to fuel your body properly for optimal performance and growth?  Click for some game changing tips!

DYK? Eating together as a family has incredible benefits for everyone, especially children and youth?  For more information, check out the following links:

Canada’s Food Guide Eating Meals with Others

Healthlink BC The Benefits of Eating Together for Children and Families

DYK?  Windsor-Essex County residents, ages 12-24, can see a Registered Dietitian at Teen Health.  Call 519 -253-8481 for more information.

Teachers/Educators – check out WECHU’s School Health for tips and resources for your classroom!

DYK? The Ontario School Nutrition Program – Windsor Essex wants to ensure that every student in the Windsor-Essex County attends school well nourished and ready to learn, by providing breakfast and snack programs.

For more information on healthy eating for Adults (18-65 years), visit unlockfood.ca

Leading an Active Lifestyle?

Fuel your activity with tips from Dietitians of Canada

Thinking about having a baby? Did you know that your health before conception matters? Click here to learn more.

Want to be more active or looking for more information on the benefits of physical activity? Click here for more information about physical activity, tips and resources in our community.

Are you or a loved one finding it difficult to shop and/or cook your own food? The Victorian Order of Nurses is a non-profit organization that provides hot meal delivery to your home. Click for more information on Meals on Wheels.

Pregnancy

Having a baby?  DYK what you eat is important for the health and development of your baby? Click here for more information.

Pregnancy isn’t always so glamourous. It can sometimes cause moms to not feel so good. Click here for tips on how to manage or avoid the discomforts of pregnancy.

DYK? The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit offers breastfeeding classes? For more information, visit Healthy Families

Healthy eating is important regardless of age.  In fact, certain nutrients become more important you get older. For more information, visit unlockfood.ca

Click to view, print or save a copy of A Guide to Healthy Eating for Older Adults

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