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Reliable nutrition and health websites

For general information on food and nutrition  

  • Canada's Food Guide
    Health Canada’s Eating Well With Canada’s Food Guide helps you to plan a healthy eating pattern that provides your daily requirements for vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Following CFG promotes health and vitality while also decreasing the risk of chronic diseases in the future. Learn about healthy choices and portions, planning meals, shopping, preparing foods, snacking, eating out, fast and easy meal ideas as well as many other practical topics.
  • Health Canada
    View the Food and Nutrition section for information on a broad range of topics including healthy eating, nutrition trends, food warnings and recalls, food safety, food labelling, and related legislation. Try the interactive tools to learn how to read food labels.
  • Dietitians of Canada 
    Contains current, evidence-based nutrition information on a variety of topics. Find a Registered Dietitian or get daily nutrition tips and healthy recipes. access information through the Resource Centre. Click on Your Health for quick tips and tools. Use eaTracker to check your food and activity choices, analyze your personal recipes, plan your meals and more.
  • NutritionLink Services Society
    Provides Registered Dietitian-approved information you can trust on general nutrition as well as many special topics, including diabetes, heart health, bone health, vegetarian eating, and gastrointestinal illnesses.
  • EatRight Ontario
    Offers resources on popular nutrition topics nutrition, including healthy weights, vitamins and minerals, supplements, disease prevention and health conditions, tips on packing healthy lunches and reading food labels. A team of Registered Dietitians is available to answer nutrition questions by email or phone 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and Tuesdays and Thursdays until 9:00 p.m. This service is available in 120 languages; call toll-free 1-877-510-5102.
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
    A health advocacy organization, which has many excellent resources, including multicultural resources, on healthy living, healthy weights, and heart disease prevention. Their Health Check food information program can help you choose healthy foods in grocery stores and restaurants.

To estimate your energy needs

  • Web MD calculator
    Estimates the energy/calories you need each day based on your age, size, gender, and activity level.

To see what’s in a food

For information on food safety

  • Be Food Safe
    The Canadian Partnership for Consumer Food Safety Education website for raising awareness among consumers of the four practices of Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill and their importance to protecting health.

For general health information

  • Ontario Ministry of Health
    Provides information and advice for healthier living. Read in-depth feature articles on healthy eating, disease and injury prevention, and active and smoke-free living. Find links to other not-for-profit health and wellness websites. 
  • Mayo Clinic
    The award-winning Mayo Clinic consumer site offers expert advice and evidence-based health information to empower people to manage their health. Users can access comprehensive and up-to-date information on healthy living and disease management, including slide shows and podcasts.
  • Medline Plus
    An authoritative health site by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health. Find information on health conditions, prescription and over-the-counter medicines, herbs and supplements, interactive patient tutorials, as well as medical journal articles through MEDLINE searches.

Health Services does not recommend using information gathered on the internet as a substitute for medical care.