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"We have a society that's totally over-sugared, it's over-salted. And it's super-sized. So people have become super-sized, too."
Dr.Hans Diehl

Children eating applesGood nutrition is not only essential to healthy living and growth, but it also helps to keep you free of many diseases, including many types of cancer. But do you know how healthy your diet is? Canada's Food Guide is one resource that can help you make good choices for every age group.

We invite schools in British Columbia to learn more about our Healthy Living Schools Initiative, which includes tips on healthy food choices in schools. For more information on how your school can be certified as a Healthy Living School, contact a Prevention Educational Leader in your area.

Leading a healthy lifestyle includes eating well, being active, and feeling good about yourself. Canada's Food Guide was designed to give you information on healthy eating for all stages of life. It is based on several main principles:

  • Enjoy a variety of foods
  • Eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, cereals, breads, and other grain products
  • Reduce the amount of fat you eat
  • Limit salt, alcohol, and caffeine
  • Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight by enjoying regular physical activity and healthy eating.
Canada's Food Guide cover imageFind out more about eating well with Canada's Food Guide.

What's for Lunch?

Are you a parent with school-age children? Did you know that on an average day, a child may consume up to one third of his or her calories at school? That's why it's so important for kids to take nutritious, well-balanced lunches and snacks with them every day. After all, a balanced approach to good nutrition and physical activity leads to better long-term health and reduces the risk of many diseases, including the risk of many cancers.

The Prevention Programs created a Healthy Lunches Guide to help you create kid-friendly lunches and snacks that are healthy and easy to prepare. Click on this link for a pdf version of What’s For Lunch?

Reading the nutrition labels on packaged and processed food will tell you a great deal about the nutritional value of the food and whether it contains high levels of fat and sugar, both of which can contribute to weight gain. Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a balanced diet reduces your risks of developing many diseases, including some cancers. Eat healthy foods in moderation, and balance the amount of food you eat with daily activity.

A healthy adult requires an average of 2,000 to 2,500 calories per day. However, this number varies depending on your activity level, your age, and other factors. To find out more about your average daily requirements of calories and nutrients, consult a dietitian. In British Columbia you can find a dietitian at
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