New Online Learning Modules to Raise the Bar for Student Nutrition Programs!

Published on Monday,22 October, 2018

These online learning modules were created to support schools and community locations provide nutritious breakfast, morning meals, lunch and snacks to children and youth to support their learning and healthy development. The online modules will help the user to understand the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) Student Nutrition Program Guidelines (2016). Check them out here!

Press Release re: Nutrition Month/Name Change

Published on Wednesday,11 April, 2018

Hello ODPH Members,

FYI - ODPH Executive sent a press release to our contacts in March linking our name change with Nutrition Month. 

"Ontario Dietitians in Public Health urge Ontarians to Unlock the Potential of Food this March!"

NEW NAME - URL and EMAIL addresses

Published on Tuesday,12 December, 2017

Please find below our new URL and email addresses:


New email addresses:

Ontario Dietitians in Public Health logo revealed!

Published on Monday, 4 December, 2017

Hello everyone,

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 recognition. 

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 ( 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 will be redirected to our new site
  • 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:

Laura Abbasi

Lyndsay Davidson

Candice Einstoss

Jane Hammingh

Julie Slack

Chelsea Socholotuk

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).
Practical Guide: Menu Planning & Supportive Nutrition Environments in Child Care Settings
Menu and Nutrition Environments Self-Assessment Tool for Child Care Settings 


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.  Terms of Reference for the FIWG were accepted by the Executive at the October 2017 meeting.  For more information, please contact Mary Ellen Prange, FIWG Chair –

ODPH's Response to 2017 Standards for Public Health Programs and Services

Published on Sunday,30 April, 2017

ODPH submitted a response to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care regarding the 2017 Standards for Public Health Programs and Services.  Please click here to see ODPH's response.

HUGE thanks to Kim Ouellette and Heather Thomas for drafting the letter and appreciation to the Advocacy Committee for their review and feedback.  

ODPH releases position statement on responses to food insecurity - French Translation now available!

Published on Wednesday,16 November, 2016

The ODPH Food Security Workgroup has developed a position statement (and French translation) and an accompanying infographic (and French translation) to increase awareness among public health staff and management about the growing problem of household food insecurity in Ontario and the urgent need to advocate for effective responses. Since its release, the Position Statement has received official endorsements from these organizations and individuals.  To endorse the Position Statement, please send an email to

Thank you to the Food Security Workgroup for all the great work that has gone into developing these very useful resources.

ODPH response to proposed changes to Healthy Menu Choices Act

Published on Thursday,11 August, 2016
The ODPH Menu Labeling Working Group and the Executive worked in collaboration with Dietitians of Canada and Ontario Public Health Association (Nutrition Resource Centre) to submit a joint response to the Minister of Health and Long Term Care on  the proposed changes to the Healthy Menu Choices Act. 
The joint response was to provide input and proposed recommended changes to the Ministry's proposed regulation, specifically related to the contextual statement that would be posted on menus.  
Thank you to the Menu Labeling Working Group for their leadership and great work! 

How To: Website Functions and Features

Published on Tuesday, 8 March, 2016
Hello ODPH Members!
I hope that everyone is doing well.
Over the last few months I have been receiving many questions about the website and how to use some of its awesome functions. In response to your great questions the Website Committee has created this document to help you work through and learn our new website features and functions.
Lifeline Design has made a video for us highlighting our new great website features. It can be viewed here:
If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me.
Julie Slack
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