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Healthy Eating Nova Scotia

Healthy Eating Nova Scotia

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Compared to other provinces, Nova Scotia has particularly high rates of chronic conditions and diseases related to unhealthy diets and obesity. These include, among others, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Fortunately, research has shown that improving nutrition can prevent these diseases and many others. To this end, the Department of Health and Wellness is working with partners to give all Nova Scotians more opportunities to eat healthy – in schools, in homes, and in communities. Nova Scotia's provincial healthy eating strategy was launched in 2005. It takes a population health approach, and aims to reduce health inequities among Nova Scotians. Through the strategy, the Department of Health and Wellness is working with its partners to encourage breastfeeding, to explore ways to help low-income Nova Scotians access nutritious foods, to promote fruit and vegetable intake, and to develop and implement food and nutrition policies and programs for children and youth.