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 Peoples.

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.

Understanding the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (Sept 30)

Aboriginal Network (APTN) programming resources for National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

ODPH Letter to Health Canada calling for recognition of the historical truth of the food guide

Forum email issues

Published on Wednesday,26 April, 2023

It has come to our attention that some members are having trouble receiving forum emails.  For some reason, certain email addresses get blocked and/ or you’re automatically unsubscribed from forums you subscribed to.  Our website provider is working on resolving this issue. 

In the meantime, please let others in your organization or workgroups know of the problem.  If you or colleagues that you know are having troubles receiving forum emails, please reach out to the Website Coordinator, who will try to manually unblock you.   

Sorry for the inconvenience.  

Membership login issue fixed

Published on Tuesday,28 March, 2023
The technical difficulty that was affecting your membership login should now be fixed.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked to resolve the issue. 

Membership login issues fixed

Published on Tuesday,28 March, 2023
The technical difficulty that was affecting your membership login should now be fixed.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked to resolve the issue. 

Issues logging in

Published on Monday,27 March, 2023
ODPH executive is aware of an issue for our members to login to the site as of Mar 27, 2023.  We are working with our website provider to try to resolve the issue as soon as we can.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Thanks for your patience!

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
ODPH's updated position statement on food insecurity can now be found as part of the No Money For Food is…Cent$less campaign.  ODPH recommends effective responses for the urgent public health problem of food insecurity, a situation which has only gotten worse with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read the executive summary and full position statement at  An infographic is available at  

Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting

Published on Friday,21 August, 2020
The ODPH 2020 Annual General Meeting will take place at 9:00 am on Wednesday October 21, 2020 using Adobe Connect through Public Health Ontario. The proposed Agenda and proxy form for those who are unable to attend can be found when you log in and go to the AGM page. There will be one proposed constitutional change to update the Constitution and By-Law documents with our official name and logo. 
Resolutions for consideration can be emailed to or brought from the floor at the AGM.  Following the AGM there will be 2-3 speakers to provide an educational component (in lieu of a Nutrition Exchange this year). These presentations will be recorded for those not able to attend on Oct 21st.
Registration and further details will be available shortly.

ODPH responds to public health modernization discussion paper

Published on Thursday, 5 March, 2020

ODPH's response to the PH Modernization discussion paper survey is now posted.  Please go to our Advocacy, Position & Endorsement page to see the letter and appendix sent to the Ministry.


Thank you to the Co-Chairs for making it happen and to everyone who participated in planning discussions and in drafting and editing our response!

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.
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