The Public Health Nutrition program works toward making healthy choice the easy choice for all residents. It is about reducing barriers and increasing opportunities for healthy eating habits. We promote and support an overall healthy lifestyle that includes healthy nutritious food.
Public Health Nutrition uses a population health promotion approach rather than an individual approach. That includes advocating for and building healthy public policy, helping to create supportive environments, and assisting communities and agencies build the capacity to take charge of their nutritional health.
The Public Health Nutritionist is responsible for a number of initiatives, including:
- Collaborating with other Saskatchewan Public Health Nutritionists to develop provincial standards for health professionals (e.g. Nutrition and Growth Assessment Manual for Healthy Term Infants and Children), programs and resources (e.g. distance education Self-study Course for Nutrition Coordinators) and healthy living tips (e.g. Nutrition Posters for schools).
- Support professionals in health and other organizations as well as nutrition students with their education, training and learning through in-services, orientations and practicums.
- Promote and support the Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) to help provide infants a healthy start in life; consult with food security groups striving to make healthy foods affordable and available for everyone and with school divisions and schools to promote a healthy environment for our children; and assist groups using a holistic approach to building healthy communities.
Contact Rosetown Community Services for further information.
Nutrition Tip Posters
Posters highlight a variety of nutrition topics. The information raises awareness about food, nutrition and health for school aged children.
Educator Resources to Support the Health Education Curriculum
Eat Well Be Active Educators Toolkit
Agriculture in the Classroom
Nutrition Update Newsletter
The Saskatchewan Public Health Nutritionists distribute this newsletter of up-to-date nutrition information and highlights of professional resources three times per year, It is intended for health professionals, educators, community leaders and others involved in improving population health.
Links and other Resources
Dietitians of Canada – Fact Sheets, Recipes and Health Tips “Your Health” www.dietitians.ca
Health Canada has an interactive site for learning about and creating your own food guide.
Eat Vegetables and Fruit! www.halfyourplate.ca
Brought to you by the Canadian Public Health Association, Canadian Cancer Society, Heart & Stroke Foundation, and Canadian Produce Marketing Association.
Did you know Saskatchewan is a major pulse producer? Pulse crops include pea, bean, lentil, chickpea, faba bean, and more. Check it out – recipes, cooking tips and lots of practical information www.saskpulse.com
- Strategy advocacy, and establishing breastfeeding as the cultural norm – Breastfeeding Committee for Canada http://breastfeedingcanada.ca
- Resources and Factsheets for parents – Breastfeeding Committee of Saskatchewan thebcs.ca
- Newborn’s little moments can lead to big questions http://cindyandjana.com/nuunest-app/
- Government of Canada, healthy eating information at Healthy Canadians – www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/eating-nutrition/healthy-eating-saine-alimentation/index-eng.php