Action framework for developing and implementing public food procurement and service policies for a healthy diet
February 1, 2021
This action framework provides an overview of how to develop (or strengthen), implement, assess compliance with, and evaluate, the effectiveness of a healthy public food procurement and service policy. This framework aims to increase the availability of healthy food through setting nutrition criteria for food served […]
COVID-19 and the risk to food supply chains: How to respond?
April 3, 2020
Countries have shut down the economy to slow the spread of coronavirus. Supermarket shelves remain stocked for now, but a protracted pandemic crisis could quickly put a strain on the food supply chain. Countries must prioritize health, meet the needs of the most vulnerable people, and […]
Health and Wellbeing Philosophy and Approach to Weight
March 5, 2020
Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH) members have identified professional concerns across the province on the prevalence of weight stigmatization and its impact on health. It was recognized that there was a need for a coordinated approach to guide public health in supporting health promotion efforts, […]
Addressing Weight Bias: A Call to Action
March 5, 2020
Weight bias refers to the negative attitudes, beliefs, assumptions and judgments towards individuals based on their weight, shape, appearance, or Body Mass Index (BMI). This position statement was developed for use by public health professionals or community organizations working to reduce weight bias.
Packages of sodium (salt) sold for consumption and salt dispensers should be required to have a front of package health warning label: A position statement of the World Hypertension League, national and international health and scientific organizations
October 11, 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.
British Dietetic Association Policy Statement on Sustainable Diets
September 18, 2019
This position paper from the British Dietetic Association outlines the components of a sustainable diet and argues that dietitians should be proactive advocates for healthy, sustainable diets regardless of area of practice. Note: This position paper refers to the British government’s Eatwell Guide. Dietary guidance in Canada should be based on Canada’s Food Guide.
Food Policy for Canada
August 19, 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.
Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Benchmarks for Nutrition in Child Care
April 9, 2019
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.)
Public Policies to Reduce Sugary Drink Consumption in Children and Adolescents
April 1, 2019
This policy statement outlines the scientific evidence on the health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages and provides policy recommendations to reduce consumption among children, adolescents, and their families.
Position of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior: The Importance of Including Environmental Sustainability in Dietary Guidance
January 14, 2019
This US-based position paper discusses current environmental problems, the challenges faced in meeting future food need, as well as the recent science behind assessing the environmental impacts of foods and diets.