Food and nutrition

Healthy eating is fundamental to good overall health. It is also important for healthy development, from the prenatal and early childhood years to later life stages. Healthy eating is equally important in reducing the risk of many nutrition-related chronic diseases.

Eat Well and Be Active Educational Toolkit
This resource is designed to help those who teach children and adults about healthy eating and physical activity. The Toolkit includes:

The Eat Well and Be Active Every Day poster;
Downloadable activity plans
54 healthy eating and physical activity images to complement the poster.
Eating Well With Canada's Food Guide A Resource for Educators and Communicators
Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide – A Resource for Educators and Communicators provides background information, tips and tools to complement each recommendation in Canada's Food Guide.

Nutrition Labeling Educator Section
Resources to help educators and health professionals teach consumers how to use the information on food labels to make informed food choices.

Food Directorate

Vision

To be the most trusted authority providing policies, standards, advice and information on the safety and nutritional value of food.

Mission

In support of Health Canada's mission to help Canadians maintain and improve their health, the Food Directorate is the federal health authority responsible for establishing policies, setting standards and providing advice and information on the safety and nutritional value of food.

Our focus is in the following areas:

chemical and microbiological contaminants of foods, such as heavy metals or E. coli
food additives, such as aspartame
food processes such as canning and irradiation
novel foods, including genetically modified foods
nutrition, including vitamins and nutrients
transmissible spongiform encephalopathies
Our key activities in these areas include:

conducting scientific research
conducting health risk and benefit assessments
developing policies, standards and guidelines, such as for approval of new food additives
evaluating submissions from the food industry
providing information to support Canadians in their decisions about food and diet

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