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 September 08, 2014

Does organic make food better for you?
Food Tank

Adding to the debate, a new study by Newcastle University on organic versus conventional crops confirms that organic farming methods do have a positive impact on health. Results found substantially higher levels of antioxidants and lower levels of pesticides in organic crops versus conventional crops.

Communal farm grows karma — and food for those in need
The Star

A university class assignment turns into a social enterprise that brings a community together — and fresh produce for food bank clients in Peel.

Greenhouses the answer to aboriginal food issues in Ontario
The Chronicle Journal

There are several ways to counter the food security problem in Northern Ontario. Greenhouses, in particular, have a lot of potential to address the food crisis in aboriginal communities and to provide better food security in other Northwestern Ontario communities.

Benchmarking food environments: Experts’ assessments of policy gaps and priorities: report
University of Auckland, NZ

In New Zealand, two in three adults are overweight or obese. This report assesses the New Zealand government’s implementation of policies to create healthy food environments. The report makes 34 recommendations and calls for a national action plan.

Scientists pioneer two techniques to combat obesity
The Guardian

Professor Steve Bloom and team working on 'intelligent microchip' and treatment combining two hormones to reduce appetite.

Critically ill hospital patients underfed, making them more likely to die: study
The National Post

A majority of the critically ill patients in hospitals worldwide — including the most fragile amongst them — receive too little nutrition, making them more likely to die or suffer a drawn-out recovery, suggests a new Canadian study.

Looking at policies form a health lens
Institute of Medicine

This website features an interactive Institute of Medicine (IOM) workshop that explores how different sectors can work together to advance their own aims while supporting behaviours leading to better health. The workshop mainly focuses on the impact of neighbourhood policies around physical activity.