Peer Nutrition Program
The Peer Nutrition Program is a free nutrition education program for parents and caregivers of children six years old and under. The program works in collaboration with many community partners to promote and deliver their services.
The program is led by Registered Dietitians and Community Nutrition Educators who facilitate nutrition workshops, training, food skills activities, nutrition screening and nutritional risk assessment. The nutrition workshops are language and culturally specific and are offered city-wide. The program staff also provide food and nutrition training for child minders, nutrition consultations and workshops to community partners.
At the program, the participants may receive:
- food certificates/vouchers for healthy foods
- TTC tokens
- child minding is also offered
Healthy Eating Workshops
Six to eight week language and culturally specific workshops that provide parents/caregivers with information on how to improve food selection, purchasing and developing basic food skills through hands-on learning.
- Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide
- introducing solids/making your own baby food
- preparing healthy family meals and snacks
- developing basic food skills
- reading food labels
- safe food handling
- budgeting food selections
After graduating from the Healthy Eating Workshop, parents and caregivers of young children can join the Support Site. At the Support Site parents and caregivers can get further health and nutrition related support and information.
One-on-One Nutritional Counselling
Individual and confidential counselling provided by a Registered Dietitian to Peer Nutrition Program participants on a referral basis.
Every summer families from Peer Nutrition Support Sites can get involved in our Community Gardens, where families can grow, harvest and share their own favourite cultural vegetables and fruits.
Promotional Workshop is an introductory presentation of the program. It introduces potential participants to the layout of the Healthy Eating Workshops and the other services the program provides.