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
Ontario Dietitians in Public Health is aiming to make food insecurity an issue for the upcoming federal election with our campaign, No Money for Food is…Cent$less / La nourriture ne suffit pas à éliminer la faim.
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/French) and watch the updated video developed by Northwestern Health Unit and view the newly designed infographic (English/French).

ODPH will be tweeting about the campaign between now and the federal election @RDsPubHealthON, so please like and retweet our tweets throughout the campaign!
Also available on the What can you do? page is a Toolkit for Action on Food Insecurity for use by secondary students.  

The ODPH campaign is adapted from the No money for food is…Cent$less campaign originally developed by Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.


New 2019 ODPH Pediatric Nutrition Guidelines

Published on Wednesday, 8 May, 2019

The 2019 English and French Pediatric Nutrition Guidelines (Birth to Six Years) for Health Professionals are now available online at  This ODPH document provides evidence-based nutrition guidelines on the following topics:

  • Growth monitoring
  • Infant formula
  • Expressed breastmilk
  • Food allergies
  • Vitamin D
  • Iron
  • Choking prevention
  • Fish consumption and methylmercury
  • Food insecurity
  • NutriSTEP®
  • Parent influences on eating habits
  • Credible nutrition resources for parents

The 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) lens.

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!

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 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

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  
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