Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Public Health Nutritionists are part of a population health promotion team to promote the best possible nutritional health for everyone. They work with a variety of community partners (at the local, provincial and national level) to help make it easier for residents to make healthy food choices, to develop nutrition standards and healthy public policy. They address issues like healthy built environments, food security, breastfeeding, early childhood and school nutrition, and weight bias.
Canada's Food Guide
The newly updated Canada's Food Guide is here and ready to use. Explore the online snapshot, tools and resources following the link below...
Feeding Baby - Introducing Solids
The following web links to online resources provide information on feeding your baby:
Baby Friendly Spaces
Baby Friendly Spaces is a program developed in Regina Area to support and encourage families to feed their children anytime, and anywhere.
Baby Friendly Spaces targets facilities, businesses and events to identify that breastfeeding is welcome and provides training to staff for how to do so. The facilities, businesses, and events can register on the website, which provides a map of all Baby Friendly Spaces in Regina.
Click on the link below to find out more:
Meal Time with Children
Although what foods we serve is important, the mealtime environment and how we approach feeding may be more important. The Division of Responsibility of feeding is a proven and practical approach. When it comes to eating, adults (parents/caregivers) and children have very different roles or jobs. Our goal is to support parents and caregivers in feeding children well while making mealtime pleasant.
Click on the link below for some Family Dinner Conversation Starters to help get meal time conversations and stories started!
School Newsletters, Information and Support
The Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina Area, Population Public Health Services, Health Promotion Department is here to support your school in a variety of health areas including nutrition, physical activity, positive mental health, body image, and dental health. The newsletters below highlight some of the new resources, programs, training and initiatives available and coming up near your school.
School Nutrition Support:
- See the different ways we can support your School in the area of nutrition by downloading this resource: "Healthy Promotion is here to Support Your School, find out how!"
- See this infographic for highlights from a research study done in Regina in Elementary Schools around "Parent and School Staff Opinions on Using Food for Fundraising 2019"
- Download this Guide to Healthy School Vending Machines in Saskatchewan Schools (2020)
View and Subscribe to our Monthly Healthy Schools e-Newsletters:
Teaching Nutrition in Saskatchewan - Curriculum support documents for Educators
The School Age sub-committee of the Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan have developed SK health and physical education curricula support documents for grades 1-8, physed 20/30 and Health Science 20 called "Teaching Nutrition in Saskatchewan: Concepts and Resources (TNS)," et en Français "Enseignement de la nutrition en Saskatchewan (ENS): concepts et ressources." Download copies here:
Grades 4 & 5
ENS French (Sept)
Health Sc. 20
ENS French (Sept)
These documents link to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Health Education Curriculum, and assist educators in identifying accurate and high-quality nutrition information and links to classroom activities, videos, handouts and other resources to help meet the SK Health Education Outcomes for each grade.
To view a free archived webinar on one of the resources resource click here.
School Nutrition Bites
Each year the Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan develop School Nutrition 'Bites' (Formerly 'posters') for each month of the school year on a variety of nutrition-related topics. These tip sheets can be posted in the school, used in newsletters, as a part of school announcements, posted on the school website or for Facebook or Twitter posts.
Download this year's English versions from the following links:
Download last year's French versions from the following links:
- September: Pour des repas sains à l’école
- October: Collations : clé de la réussite
- November: Guide alimentaire canadien
Aliments à privilégier
- December:Habitudes alimentaires saines
- January: Déjeuners les jours d’école
- February: Faire du choix santé le choix facile
- March: Récompenses non alimentaires
- April: Littératie alimentaire
- May: Aider les enfants à apprendre à aimer de nouveaux aliments
- June:Boissons pour sportifs : moins saines qu’on ne le pense
The Big Crunch!
In partnership with REACH, MOSAIC, and the Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina Area, Health Promotion Department, 'The Big Crunch!' happens every year in celebration of world food day. The Big Crunch is a special day of good food education, including a massive, synchronized bite into local carrots making a big “crunch” sound to celebrate with other schools and students across the province. 'The Big Crunch!' and takes place on World Food Day, October 16th. Share your Big Crunch stories on social media with the hashtag #SKBigCrunch.
For more information download the educator resource package below or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 306-766-7157.
Download Big Crunch info and resources below:
Other School Nutrition Initiatives and Activity Ideas
Back to School Nutrition
Looking for healthy back to school lunch and snack ideas and tips to eating well with children? Visit our Pinterest page here for ideas
The following handouts are largely picture-based, which can be helpful when providing information to families in which English is not their most proficient language. Resources include:
Healthy Concessions, Canteens and Food Hampers
School and community concessions and canteens can help to support the health and performance of students, young athletes, families and community members by offering healthy food and drink options, and they can do all this while still making a profit!
The following resources can help you in planning a tasty, healthy, profitable canteen or concession. They can also help when planning healthy food hampers for those in need:
Interested in learning more about school gardening? Download a copy of the resource below for how to guides, curriculum links and start up guides:
School and Community Healthy Grants List
Looking for grants for your school or community organization to help fund projects and initiatives that help promote good nutrition, physical activity, mental health, access to nature, leadership and/or inclusion? Download the grants list below to browse through some we have come accross.
The Cost of Healthy Eating in Saskatchewan 2018
This is the sixth food costing report in Saskatchewan since 2001. The report discusses how much it costs to buy nutritious foods across the province of Saskatchewan and solutions to address food insecurity. Also included is a food cost calculator to help individuals, families, and groups estimate the cost of healthy eating for a week or a month.
The Cost of Healthy Meals and Snacks for Children and Youth in Saskatchewan 2018
Foods and beverages served in child care settings, schools and community programs can impact children’s health and well-being. The cost of foods, as well as available program funding and budgets, impact the type of foods and beverages served. This resource shows the average cost of healthy meals and snacks for children and youth in Northern and Southern Saskatchewan. Details can be found on page 3. Using these average costs can help child care facilities, schools, and community organizations budget for child nutrition programs. Planning for the cost of healthy food helps to ensure quality food is available in meal and snack programs.
Regina Food Asset Map
This map highlights food assets located in Regina.
Food assets are places where people can grow, prepare, share, buy, receive or learn about food. At this point, the map focuses on meal programs and access to free/low-cost food.
The map is designed to:
- help people find places in the city that have free and low-cost foods for the public or program participants.
- support community members dealing with food insecurity.
- make it easier for Regina community partners to share these food resources with others.
Click on the link below to view the map!
Download a copy of the handout below with instructions on how to use this map called "Regina Meal Finder Instructions."
Choosing Foods and Beverages for Healthy Meetings and Events
The Saskatchewan Health Authority, Regina Area, Population Public Health Services, Health Promotion Department works to make the healthy choice the easy choice for staff and people within our communities. It is recognized that food is more than fuel for our body; it plays a large role in our social lives, provides comfort and is often used with celebrations. When hosting health authority sponsored meeting or event, it is important to recognize that the food provided at these meetings or events impacts staff’s or client’s food choices. By role modeling a positive food environment, we can:
- Encourage healthy behaviours that can increase productivity and energy levels;
- Create a consistent message between our actions and what we teach our staff and clients;
- Support staff and clients to manage chronic disease and meet their own nutritional goals.
Following the guidelines below shows the public that the health authority is truly a role model for positive health behaviours and committed to improving the health and quality of life for employees and clients.
Finding that people are resistant to providing healthy foods? Needs some tips for making the case? Use the document below, "The Case for Healthy Foods" to help start the conversation.
Nutrition Update Newsletters
Nutrition Update Newsletters are developed by the Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan Working Group, for health professionals, community leaders and educators. These Newsletters are designed to provide up-to-date information on 'early years,' 'school age' and 'adult' nutrition, and they highlight important initiatives and resources in the area.
Accessing Healthy Food Choices in Regina (2012)
This report aims to show the current food landscape in Regina. The report can be used to:
- start conversations on how better to improve the food landscape;
- To determine if the food resources are located where clients need them and if clients who need these resources can access available food resources.