Nutrition Policy Reports

Health Canada, in collaboration with the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Group on Nutrition produced the following two reports, Working with Grocers to Support Healthy Eating and Measuring the Food Environment in Canada to support the policy priorities in Curbing Childhood Obesity: A Federal, Provincial and Territorial Framework for Action to Promote Healthy Weights. The first report improves our understanding of how the food retail environment could promote and support healthy eating. Actions underway in Canada and internationally are explored, including concrete examples of current promising or innovative practices aimed at supporting healthy eating with a focus on grocers. The second report describes current Canadian evidence on geographical access to nutritious food and associations between food environments and diet-related health outcomes; explores current research initiatives aimed at measuring the food environment in Canada; and highlights the limitations and gaps in current research related to the food environment.

The opinions expressed in these publications are solely those of the authors and should not be attributed to Health Canada or the Government of Canada.

To receive copies of the full reports, please contact Publications.

Defining Healthy Foods: International and Canadian scans

Two reports, Defining "Healthy" and "Unhealthy" Foods: An International Review and Defining "Healthy" Foods: Environmental Scan of the Situation in Canada were completed in 2009. These reports look at current national and international initiatives to define nutrient criteria for "healthy and unhealthy food" and the applications in which the criteria are used, e.g. on front-of-package labelling, marketing of food and beverages to children, and school food guidelines.

The opinions expressed in these publications are solely those of the authors and should not be attributed to Health Canada or the Government of Canada.

To receive copies of the full reports, please contact Publications.

This paper presents an examination of issues pertaining to the inclusion of direct and indirect indicators of food insecurity in a national nutrition monitoring system, focussing on individual- and household-level food insecurity that arises in the context of financial resource constraints.

A series of articles, commissioned by the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion and published in a special supplement to the Canadian Journal of Public Health (CJPH), summarize existing literature on the determinants of healthy eating, identify gaps in knowledge and offer recommendations for research to enhance the evidence base on the determinants of healthy eating.

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