Leadership Centre

Supporting leadership capacity building within Ontario.

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Enhancing leadership competencies, facilitating thoughtful discussion and examination of leadership issues for public health professionals.

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Community Food Advisor

Promoting safe and nutritious food selection, preparation and storage practices.

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Community Food Advisors work in their community to improve and promote safe and healthy food selection, preparation, and storage practices.

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Public Health and You

Your questions about public health answered...all in one place.

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Learn about why public health plays a vital role in ensuring the health of communities across Ontario!

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Ontario Public Health Association

Committed to improving the health of Ontarians.

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Since 1949, OPHA has served as a catalyst for development in the Public Health sector.

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Nutrition Resource Centre

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Strengthening the capacity of health professionals across all care settings and in all communities across Ontario.

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Healthy Food for All: Sustainable Local Food Systems in Ontario

Food Security & Access to Food Historically, a majority of people in North America lived on farms, and produced their own food supply. Yet since the turn of the century, the way we produce, process, transport and eat food has evolved, with both positive and negative implications for health. In recent years, a holistic view of the economic, environmental and health aspects of food has developed, and an acknowledgement of our responsibility to influence and alter conditions for a better future. The result has been the development of sustainable local food systems.    

This paper defines and discusses food systems, and sustainability in the context of food systems. Examples are shared from four different communities who are successfully implementing the principles related to Local Sustainable Food Systems, and the ways that their elements and values are influencing food systems throughout the province and nation.
Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and partners
Example/Component, Guide
Food Environment, Food Security & Access to Food, Health Equity
Prenatal, Infant, Toddler (1-3), Children (4-11), Youth (12-17), Adults (18-64), Older Adults (65 and over)
First Nations, Inuit & Metis
Local/Municipal/Regional, Provincial (Ontario)