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.

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


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


What else is happening around this issue?


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.

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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 and consistent health messaging and support for recreation space staff and users
  • Commitment to building a positive healthy eating culture
  • Safe food practices
  • Nutrition policies that encourage a positive healthy eating environment



Ontario Public Health Association ,Ontario Dietitians in Public Health and Nutrition Connections have 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.



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