There are two areas of community nutrition - home health and public health. Community registered dietitians work across the lifespan with infants to seniors to promote the best possible growth, development, and health outcomes. Registered dietitians are the trusted professionals for nutrition therapy and are members of the College of Dietitians of British Columbia. Dietitians provide evidenced-based information and education to support informed choices about food and diet. They also support, participate in, and encourage nutrition research.
Home Health dietitians provide personal and individualized nutrition services to adults 19 years of age or older in their home or community health centre. Learn more about our Home Health dietitian services.
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, please contact your local VCH Community Health Centre.
Nutrition services for infants, children & youth
Anyone who has concerns about a child’s nutrition and growth can contact your local community health center and ask to speak to a public health nurse for infants and children.
To attend nutrition education sessions on feeding babies find the schedule for the closest Parent infant drop-in program.
For early childhood educators or school nutrition enquiries, contact the nutrition services/program in your area. Or, call dietitian services at 8-1-1.
Search our directory for eating disorders services near you.
Visit the breastfeeding page on the Parenting Resources website for related services.