Recreation Spaces and the Food Environment

 

Recreation spaces are gathering places for people of all ages.

We believe communities deserve spaces that offer opportunities for active living and healthy food choices in these recreation settings.

It’s time to consider adding more healthy food options at recreation spaces.

 

Getting started with Healthy Eating in Your Recreation Setting -  This resource includes information on building a business case, how to include healthier choices when creating Requests for Proposals and Contracts, vending considerations, sample policy recommendations and helpful resources.

NCR Webinar - Getting Started: How to Promote Healthy Eating in a Recreation Setting - The archived webinar that introduced Getting started with Healthy Eating in Your Recreation Setting. Presentation slides include details about promoting healthy Sideline Snacks.

Sideline Snacks – help kids stay healthy while participating in sports and recreation activities by joining the Sideline Snacks movement. These resources can support teams, coaches, and parents to fuel their activities with healthier sideline snacks.

Sideline Snack Resource Cards

Sideline Snack Resource 1 Sideline Snack Resource 2

 

Grey Bruce Recreation Space Food and Drink Survey Report

A survey of Grey Bruce recreation space users was conducted in June 2016 to gather information about their food and drink purchasing habits and perceptions of food and drink availability in local recreation spaces.  The survey also assessed the acceptability of healthy options that could be sold and other changes to the food and drink environment in recreation spaces.  Below are the results of the survey.

Grey Bruce Recreation Space Food Drink Survey Report PDF Document Grey Bruce Recreation Space Food Survey Infographic PDF Document

 

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Here’s what Dr. Kim Raine, expert in food environments, has to say on the subject:

 

What else is happening around this issue?

Locally

In 2015, the Grey Bruce Health Unit completed an environmental scan of Healthy Food Choices and Tap Water in Municipal Recreation Facilities & Affiliated Public Spaces.

In partnership with local recreation providers, the Grey Bruce Health Unit continues to work on the Action Plan items contained in this report.

Boy Holding an Apple

 

Provincially

Dietitians in Public Health across the province are working to help create a supportive environment and encourage policy development in the recreation setting. A provincial workgroup, Healthy Eating in the Recreation Setting (HERS) has produced a fact sheet: Building Healthier Food Environments within Recreation Spaces, which includes the following six essential elements:

  • Supportive social environment
  • Access to nutritious, reasonably priced, culturally appropriate food
  • Credible
  • Commitment to building a positive healthy eating culture
  • consistent health messaging and support for recreation space staff and users
  • Safe food practices
  • Nutrition policies that encourage a positive healthy eating environment

 

Nationally

The Nutrition Resource Centre has documents with a variety of resources from across the country including evidence, resources, toolkits and policies to support the development of healthier food environments in recreation settings.

A Girl Holding an  Apple and a Bolttle of water

 

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