Response to proposed amendments of the Healthy Menu Choice Act and Food Premise Regulation
Published on Friday, 6 December, 2019
ODPH submissions to recent government consultations on proposed amendments to the Reg 50/16 of the Healthy Menu Choices Act and Food Premise Regulation 493/17 under the Health Protection and Promotion Act are now posted. Read them on our advocacy, positions and endorsement page
Many thanks to the members who helped with these responses.
No Money for Food is … Cent$less La nourriture ne suffit pas à éliminer la faim
Published on Monday,23 September, 2019
By signing our letter to federal party leaders on the What you can do?
/Que faire page
, you can support all Canadians having an adequate income for food without compromising their ability to pay for other basic necessities. Let’s send a strong message to the party leaders so that food insecurity is on the policy agenda for the next federal government.
Please take a moment to visit our webpage (English
) and watch the updated video developed by Northwestern Health Unit and view the newly designed infographic (English
ODPH will be tweeting about the campaign between now and the federal election @RDsPubHealthON
, so please like and retweet our tweets throughout the campaign!
New 2019 ODPH Pediatric Nutrition Guidelines
Published on Wednesday, 8 May, 2019
2019 English and French Pediatric Nutrition Guidelines (Birth to Six Years) for
Health Professionals are now available online at www.odph.ca/PNG. This ODPH document
provides evidence-based nutrition guidelines on the following topics:
consumption and methylmercury
influences on eating habits
nutrition resources for parents
Guidelines have been reviewed by physicians, registered nurses, lactation
consultants and registered dietitians in both public health and clinical
practice. They have also been revised using a BFI (Baby-friendly Initiative)
New Online Learning Modules to Raise the Bar for Student Nutrition Programs!
Published on Monday,22 October, 2018
Ontario Dietitians in Public Health logo revealed!
Published on Monday, 4 December, 2017
As we transition to Ontario Dietitians in Public Health, we are very pleased
to share with you our new logo (see attached)! The Name Change Committee
reviewed many logo designs and worked closely with the graphic designer to
create a versatile, clean, simple and modern look. We chose a two-toned, fresh,
natural, green which matches well with our current website and the circles
represent unity and partnership as well as demonstrate how public
health nutrition is all encompassing and comprehensive. We use both
the English and French names and after much thought and consideration opted
for including only the English acronym as the majority of our letters and
communications are in English and we are trying to build name
What does this mean?
- We are starting with an
internal soft launch of the new name and logo. We are working with our web
company to start the switch over to our new domain address (www.odph.ca) and updating the website
and email addresses for our forums and email accounts
- We will let you know once
the website is live so you can make appropriate changes to
your communications. Over the next year, the site www.odph.ca will
be redirected to our new site www.odph.ca
- There will be no change to
our twitter handle @RDsPubHealthON
- We will promote our new
name/look through social media and will send out communications to our
external partners in early January
- The name and logo can be
used for new resources
Feel free to start spreading the news of our new name!
Name Change Committee:
New Nutrition Resources for Child Care Settings have been released!
Published on Monday, 4 December, 2017
These nutrition resources were created to support
child care providers in planning and preparing healthy food for children in
their care. They reflect current best practices for creating supportive
nutrition environments in the child care setting and will help providers meet
the food and drink requirements set out in the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
(section 42 of
Ont. Reg. 137/15).
Food Security Workgroup Name Change
Published on Wednesday, 8 November, 2017
Effective November 1st 2017, the ODPH’s Food
Security Workgroup (FSWG) has changed its name to the Food INsecurity Workgroup(FIWG).
The new name better reflects the
activities of the workgroup which focus on effective solutions to the problem
of household food insecurity.
Reference for the FIWG were accepted by the Executive at the October 2017
For more information, please
contact Mary Ellen Prange, FIWG Chair – email@example.com
ODPH Recognizes National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day
Published on Thursday,28 September, 2023
In recognition of September 30th as the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, ODPH
acknowledges that food has been used as a weapon against Indigenous peoples to
disconnect them from their land, culture, language, identity and well-being.
Instead of providing sustenance to support the growth
and development of children, starvation experiments and purposeful withholding of
nutrients for human deficiency experimentation occurred at residential schools.
This was done as part of a system intent on destroying Indigenous structures
and practices, culture, identity, and values, and which we acknowledge causes
ongoing harm to Indigenous Peoples.
As a collective group of registered dietitians working
in public health, an institution built upon White colonial structures, we are
committed to unlearning the colonial telling of the history of Indigenous
Peoples, especially as it relates to food sovereignty, health, and
well-being. As individuals, each of us has a responsibility to personally
reflect on our own biases and beliefs to deepen our understanding of why
extreme health inequities exist today between Indigenous and non-Indigenous
Let us take time this September 30 to start or
continue the conversation on what we need to be doing to walk together toward
reconciliation and healing.
the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
of the image (pdf)
Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Sept 30)
Network (APTN) programming resources for National Day of Truth and
Letter to Health Canada calling for recognition of the historical truth of the
Ontario Dietitians in Public Health returning to public health nutrition work
Published on Friday,27 May, 2022
After over 2 years redeployment to the COVID-19 pandemic response, Ontario Dietitians in Public Health are returning to public health nutrition work. Most ODPH work was paused in March 2020 and is finally being restarted now in May 2022. Registered Dietitians in public health worked alongside other public health professionals doing case and contact management, COVAX support, administrative tasks, lab results review, data entry, call centre work, development of guidance documents, outbreak management, education and training, communications and web support and more. When allowed, some of us continued to provide important services using new and innovative delivery models including virtual Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program and Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, Student Nutrition Programs, the Northern Fruits and Vegetable program, and health equity related work. We are thankful and proud of the all that has been accomplished over the past 2+ years by our members, while also managing the complexities of family life, child care, schooling and everything else that the pandemic has changed.
The pandemic continues to have a significant impact on our profession and our work, and we know that it will take time to evaluate, update and resume previous projects and start new initiatives. Our next membership year begins July 1 and we are excited to welcome dietitians back to ODPH so that we can resume working together to advance public health nutrition and improve population health and health equity locally and provincially.
Updated food insecurity position statement now available
Published on Wednesday, 2 December, 2020