Public Health dietitians work to advocate for healthy eating to promote healthy growth, development, and prevention or management of chronic disease across all population groups. We aim to support the development of healthy relationships with food, with a focus on multiculturalism by:
Encouraging the sharing of food with family and friends
Advocating for community food programs that support food security (e.g., community gardens, community kitchens)
Promoting healthy attitudes about food, eating and body size
Creating supportive environments that promote healthy eating and active living
Promoting healthy eating messages
Working with food banks and other community organizations to address food challenges for at-risk populations using a community development approach
Participating in local, provincial and/or national committees that advocate for nutrition policies for various target groups and assist with the development of nutrition standards, food policies and resources
We also provide a range of services for school staff, students, parents and caregivers of infants, children, and youth including:
Program planning (e.g. breakfast and lunch programs, school gardens, farm to school)
Helping daycares, preschools and schools to develop policies about food and healthy eating. Supporting staff, parents and children/students to follow food and healthy eating policies and guidelines.
Providing advice and support on implementing the Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in BC Schools (e.g. food service, fundraisers, vending machines, and other school events)
Providing education sessions to staff and parents (e.g. early childhood educator workshops, professional-development day workshops, parent advisory council meetings on topics such as responsive feeding, weight bias, nutrition policy)
Providing healthy eating resources (e.g. Canada's Food Guide, “Appetite to Play” early years tool kit, nutrition and body image lesson plans and resources)
Helping school staff, parents and caregivers find appropriate nutrition services for infant, children and youth
All services are free of charge. To connect with a public health dietitian, contact your local VCH Community Health Centre.