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about Eat Smart!

Eat Smart!® consists of three programs:

  • Eat Smart!® School Program
  • Eat Smart!® Workplace Program
  • Eat Smart!® Recreation Centre Program

If you are interested in healthier food choices, exceptional standards in food safety, and a 100% smoke-free environment - then this program is for you!

Eat Smart!® is an Award of Excellence program that recognizes Ontario schools, workplaces and recreation centres for providing healthier environments to their customers. Your local Public Health Unit, along with the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, award Eat Smart!® locations that provide:

  • A variety of healthier food choices, on the menu and by request, including vegetables and fruit, foods prepared using healthier preparation methods and substitutions
  • An excellent track record in food safety and at least one employee who is certified in safe food handling
  • A 100% smoke free environment which does not promote the use of tobacco

Initiated in 1997, the overall goal of the Eat Smart!® program is to contribute to the reduction of food-borne illness and chronic diseases in Ontario.

Eat Smart!® is implemented locally by Ontario public health units and their community partners. Interested food premises apply to the program and are assessed by the public health unit to determine eligibility. Food premises that meet the three program standards receive the Eat Smart!® Award of Excellence and are listed on the Eat Smart!® website. Additional promotions are determined locally.

Healthy eating, avoiding food borne illness and a smoke-free environment are three of the most important lifestyle factors that help to promote optimal health. These three factors are what Eat Smart!® is all about.

Eat Smart!® and feel better! The choice is yours.

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Support healthy eating environments in secondary schools

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Promote the workplace as a health-conscious organization

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Encourage healthy eating together with active living

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did you know?

Disease prevention is cheaper than treatment.

Nutrition is a key component of growth and resistance to disease with many chronic diseases having root in early eating habits.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, 10 million people become ill from food borne illnesses each year.

According to the Canadian Health Measures Survey (2010), 37% of adults were overweight and 24% were obese, with only 38% at a normal body mass index.