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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.

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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.

Food, Nutrition & Menu Labelling
September 2, 2019
This position statement from the World Hypertension League states that all commercially sold or provided packages or containers of salt should be required to have a front of package health warning label.
Chronic Disease Prevention
June 27, 2019
Commissioned by Heart & Stroke, this study is the first in Canada to assess associations between consumption of ultra-processed foods in Canadian adults and several chronic diseases and conditions related to diet, namely: obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
Healthy Eating
January 1, 2019
This report sets out Health Canada’s guidelines and considerations on healthy eating for Canadians aged 2 years of age and older. Based on the best available scientific evidence, they promote healthy eating and overall nutritional well-being, and support improvements to the Canadian food environment.
Nutrients
July 23, 2018
This report by Health Canada describes current sodium intakes of Canadians in light of the recent voluntary sodium reductions in processed foods using the most recent national dietary survey, the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey – Nutrition (2015 CCHS).
Chronic Disease Prevention
December 5, 2017
This report commissioned by Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, reveals high levels of ultra-processed food consumption in Canada, especially in children. It describes different types of food processing using the ANOVA food classification system, and assesses the relationship between types of processing and the quality of diets in Canada, using data from the 2015 Canadian Community Health Survey - Nutrition.
Food Environment
December 1, 2017
This Executive Summary outlines research aimed to evaluate policies and actions that federal, provincial and territorial governments are taking to create a healthier food environment in Canada. A set of prioritized recommendations for federal government actions emerged, and specific policy recommendations for each participating province and territory were made to improve the food environment and provide the infrastructure necessary to support implementing effective policy.
Food Environment
December 1, 2017
This report summarizes research by the University of Toronto which aimed to evaluate policies and actions that federal, provincial and territorial governments are taking to create a healthier food environment in Canada. Prioritized recommendations for federal government actions emerged, and specific policy recommendations for each participating province and territory were made to improve the food environment and provide the infrastructure necessary to support implementing effective policy.
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