Healthy Living Reports

Grounded in a population health approach, the Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy emphasizes key modifiable risk factors for chronic disease—physical inactivity, unhealthy eating and their relationship to unhealthy weights. This approach focuses on the living and working environments that affect people’s health, the conditions that enable and support people in making healthy choices and the services that promote and maintain health.

2008 Report on the Integrated Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy

The 2008 report represents an important milestone in the collective effort to advance the goals of the Integrated Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy (HLS). The report describes progress toward achieving the HLS targets in each of the strategy's three areas of emphasis, building on the 2005 baseline data presented in the 2007 report. It also provides an overview of health disparities and their relevance in the Canadian context, as well as describing efforts to develop indicators as the basis for ongoing monitoring of health disparities in Canada. The report profiles examples of healthy living strategies and initiatives submitted by HLS partners that are new in 2008, or that reflect significant progress since 2007 that contribute to both goals of the HLS. A supplement to the report profiles additional initiatives also submitted by HLS partners.

2007 Report on the Integrated Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy

The Integrated Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy (HLS) provides a conceptual framework for sustained action based on healthy living. It envisions a healthy nation in which all Canadians experience the conditions that support the attainment of good health. The goals of the HLS are to improve overall health outcomes and to reduce health disparities.

The Public Health Agency of Canada, on behalf of the Healthy Living Issue Group, coordinates the development of annual reports that summarize progress made toward reaching the targets of the Pan-Canadian Healthy Living Strategy.

Cooking and Food Preparation Skills

Improving Cooking and Food Preparation Skills: A Synthesis of the Evidence to Inform Program and Policy Development

A literature review synthesizes the current evidence related to cooking and food preparation skills and their impact on nutritional health.



Improving Cooking and Food Preparation Skills: A Profile of Promising Practices in Canada and Abroad

A report profiles case studies of programs from Canada and abroad that aim to improve cooking and food preparation skills among children and families.


These reports were prepared for the Healthy Living Issue Group of the Public Health Network through a collaborative effort between the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada and the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Group on Nutrition.

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Bringing Health to the Planning Table: A Profile of Promising Practices in Canada and Abroad

This report profiles case studies of 13 Canadian communities where collaborative approaches to improve health outcomes have been a key consideration in planning decisions related to the built environment. This focus was chosen so that the successes (and lessons learned) of a variety of different projects could be shared with other communities. With one case study from each province and territory, it provides a pan-Canadian perspective. Two international examples highlight similar work happening abroad.

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