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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.

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.
Sugar-Sweetened Beverages or Energy Drinks
February 1, 2018
This research synthesis examines the evidence regarding the various health impacts of sugar sweetened beverages (SSB)s on children’s health (obesity, insulin resistance, dental caries, and caffeine-related effects), the health impact of substituting SSBs with other drinks, and the role of taste preferences in SSB consumption patterns.
Chronic Disease Prevention
January 1, 2018
This new and updated US-based guide identifies best practices and potential pitfalls in designing and implementing sugary drink taxes and is intended for use by local officials and advocates interested in pursuing sugary drink taxes.
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.
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