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NRC Resources

The Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) works with our partners to develop and/or update evidence-based resources on different healthy eating and nutrition topics for health intermediaries.

The following are examples of our recent resources developed by or in partnership with the NRC (they can be downloaded or viewed at no cost).

More healthy eating and nutrition resources can be found through our Navigator here

Just Released:

Healthy Kids Community Challenge: Vegetable and Fruit Consumption Among Children and Youth  

To support the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's Healthy Kids Strategy and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the Nutrition Resource Centre carried out two scoping reviewsin the fall of 2016. 

The report Effective Intervention to Increase Vegetable and Fruit Intake In School Aged Children (available in French/ en fran├žais here) provides evidence-based evidence-based recommendations for interventions and specific health promotion strategies that would be cost-effective and feasible to implement in community-based settings to increase vegetable and fruit consumption among school-aged children.

The report Community-Based Programs or Interventions that Support Vegetable and Fruit Intake in Children and Youth in Ontario (available in French/ en fran├žais here) shares Ontario-based examples of comprehensive community programs or interventions to increase vegetable and fruit consumption, among children, youth and families to support the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (HKCC).

Unpacking Food Literacy: Programming for Newcomers and Aboriginals in Ontario 

As part of the Unpacking Food Literacy series, NRC has developed the report: Food Skills Programming for Newcomers to Ontario: Background and Key Informant Interviews Summary.  This report provides background about newcomers in Ontario and features information gathered from facilitators of  food skills programs targeted to newcomers. 

This complements a second report Aboriginal Food Skills Programming: Background and Key Informant Interviews Summary (revised), which highlights work done in this area along with a summary of information gathered from key informants involved in food skill programming in Aboriginal communities.

These reports will help to inform promising practices and guidelines for implementing community food literacy programs.  The NRC undertook this work to gain a better understanding of food literacy programs in communities across Ontario and to share what works with different population groups. 

The NutriSTEP® Implementation Toolkit 

Since 2008, NutriSTEP® has been used as a valid and reliable nutrition risk screening tool to assess eating habits and identify nutrition risk in toddlers (18-35 months) and preschoolers (3-5 years) in various settings. To support public health units and other settings (e.g. primary care, school screening fairs, research, etc.), the NRC provided support for the review and revision of the original NutriSTEP® Implementation Toolkit. 

The refreshed NutriSTEP® Implementation Toolkit helps users to implement a feasible and sustainable community nutrition screening program for young children and includes:
  • New components (including the Toddler version of NutriSTEP® and Nutri-eSTEP®)
  • New implementation scenarios
  • Updated templates for referral mapping
  • Updated data collection forms
  • Updated training materials
  • Updated promotional materials
  • New appendix for data management
  • Updated resources (How to Build a Healthy Preschooler and How to Build a Healthy Toddler)
The NutriSTEP® Implementation Toolkit, 2015 can be downloaded here (this version does not have all the appendices, for the full version you can download the .zip file on the NutriSTEP® website here).

Toolkit - Guidelines for Implementing Promising Practices in Diabetes Prevention

This toolkit consists of an evidence-informed guidance report which includes a series of evidence-based recommendations or promising practices relevant to diabetes prevention and a variety of accompanying tools and worksheet to enable health promoters to implement best and promising practices into diabetes prevention activities. It may be used to inform an existing diabetes prevention program or the development of a new health promotion program/project.

The toolkit was developed to support advancing the priorities of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Diabetes Prevention Projects (DPP) within the Health Promotion Division. It is a collaborative effort of the Nutrition Resource Centre (NRC) and the Physical Activity Resource Centre (PARC). The toolkit can be downloaded for free from the NRC Navigator

Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings

Completed in 2016 to support the Healthy Kids Community Challenge in Ontario, this environmental scan paints a landscape of evidence, resources, toolkits and policies to support the development of healthier food environments in recreation settings. The project concluded with three key documents:

Food & Nutrition Policy Development Toolbox: Tools for Individuals Working Towards Advancing Food & Nutrition Policy 

This toolbox compiles hands-on policy development tools related to the area of food and nutrition. In particular, the focus is on tools that use food and nutrition policies as examples or case studies. In developing this toolbox, efforts were made to ensure that the tools were as hands-on as possible to provide the most utility for frontline professionals in Ontario. It is important to note that this was not meant to be an exhaustive search of all policy development resources but rather a selective gathering of tools that those working in the area of food and nutrition may find particularly helpful.

Food Skills Programming Environmental Scan 

This resource was produced to give public health professionals with a deeper understanding of the programs and resources being utilized to address food skills development in the general population.

Through an environmental scan, food skills programs being implemented by Ontario public health units (PHUs), community health centres (CHCs) and key community-based organizations operating within Ontario were identified.  These programs are presented along with information on how these programs were developed and evaluated and who the key players are in these processes. Information is also provided about the program’s target population, program implemented and the resources required for implementation.

The Healthy Eating Manual

Revised and updated in 2011, this popular resource contains a series of educational lessons on healthy eating and nutrition for nutrition educators to incorporate into existing and developing programs. Read more about it in our Navigator here. Introductory videos about the Healthy Eating Manual can be found here.

Resources for Health Intermediaries and their Clients

In the past, the NRC produced several resources to support the needs of the general public. These can be accessed and printed using the links below.

  • At-A-Glance Guide to Ontario’s School Food and Beverage Policy  is a six-page guide that provides an overview of Ontario’s School Food and Beverage Policy (PPM 150). The intended audiences are parents and students in intermediate and secondary levels. It is available in English and French.
  • Developed by Best Start and the NRC, Feeding Your Baby from Six Months to One Year includes information about how to tell if your baby is ready for solid foods, foods to avoid during the first year, making your own baby food, recipes, a feeding guide and more.
  • Bake It Up! includes over 20 recipes for healthier baked goods that comply with the Ministry of Education’s School Food and Beverage Policy. It can be used by parents, students, school councils, community volunteers and school staff for making baked goods to be sold in schools. It is also available in French.
  • BusyBodies (and the French version, Hop La Vie!) encourages a variety of experiences related to healthy eating and physical activity presented in an easy-to-use “activity card” format.

To learn about past NRC programs and initiatives, click here.