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

Credible public health nutrition at your fingertips.

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

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"News in Brief" for March 31, 2014

Food security, economy hit hard by climate change
Canadian News Wire

Climate change is set to impact everyday affordability for Canadian families, according to the Second Installment of the Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report, which focuses on the impacts of climate change and how to cope with them (adaptation), outlines how sweeping changes to our climate from the buildup of heat-trapping emissions will mean higher food prices, direct threats to our homes and communities and a hit to our economy.

Cutting out TV may improve kids' snacking habits: study
CTV News

A new study adds to the body of research linking TV-watching to increased consumption of junk food, finding that TV may have more of a negative effect on snacking than other screen time, such as playing video games. The study, presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session, examined 1,003 middle school-aged kids from 24 middle schools in Southeast Michigan communities participating in Project Healthy School.

Helping Aboriginal Families Make Healthy Choices
Ontario Newsroom

Ontario is helping more Aboriginal children, youth and their families adopt healthy lifestyles with programs that foster healthy eating and physical activity. The province is doubling its support for three successful health promotion programs run by Aboriginal organizations and tailored to their unique cultural traditions and knowledge.

Being skinny may be riskier for health than obesity, Canadian researchers suggest
The Post

Toronto researchers who analyzed 51 studies on the links between body mass index and death from any cause found an underweight BMI is associated with the highest risk of premature death. Lead author Dr. Joel Ray at St. Michael’s Hospital says there is no question the obesity problem is genuine and real but that, in trying to curb rates of overweight, “we have an obligation to ensure that we avoid creating an epidemic of underweight adults.”