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The Navigator

The Navigator is a free online repository of evidence-informed resources and tools designed to help health professionals and community organizations find their way through the complex landscape of healthy eating and nutrition.

Here you can access resources that highlight best and promising practices in order to support policy and program development. You can also submit a resource for consideration.

New resources are added regularly: the best way to stay up to date about what’s new in the Navigator  is to subscribe to our newsletter.

We want you to let us know what works and how we can improve the Navigator. Please email Erin at ecolburn@opha.on.ca with any feedback.

Healthy Eating
December 4, 2019
This chapter from the 2019 Annual Report of the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario deals with food and nutrition in long-term care homes. The report found that the Ministry of Long-Term care and the long-term care homes do not have sufficient procedures in place […]
Food Systems & Local Food
June 1, 2019
The first-ever Food Policy for Canada aims to help Canada build a healthier and more sustainable food system that also supports growth for farmers, producers, and food businesses in Canada.
Food Systems & Local Food
December 6, 2018
This toolkit, consisting of a manual and two webinar recordings, provides lesson plans, recipes, and evaluation materials used in the Forest Meets Farm program. This program consisted of a series of four local food literacy workshops designed for four northern Ontario high schools.
Food Literacy
April 1, 2018
This resource provides tips on how to keep safe and healthy while enjoying the benefits of a school garden.
Childhood Nutrition
January 1, 2018
This position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides recommended benchmarks for early care and education programs to meet children’s nutrition needs and promote children’s optimal growth in safe and healthy environments. (Please note that this is an American resource. In Canada, nutrition standards should be based on Canada’s Food Guide.)
Food Literacy
July 1, 2017
This infographic depicts the eleven interconnected attributes of food literacy, organized into the categories of food and nutrition knowledge, food skills, self-efficacy and confidence, food decisions, and other ecologic (external) factors.
Childhood Nutrition
March 17, 2017
This toolkit provides educators and parents with strategies to increase vegetables, fruit and water consumption among school-aged children. Strategies target multiple levels of influence including students’ and parents’ attitudes and knowledge, classroom and school level social and physical environments as well as school policies. This toolkit was designed to support The Foundations for a Healthy School resource.
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