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.

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!

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 –
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