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Residents and Stakeholders speak out about Healthy Eating and Active Living Policy

The Healthy Communities Partnership of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties (HPE) is funded by the Government of Ontario and sponsored by the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit.  Chaired by Cathy McCallum, who also chairs the Food Security Network, the Partnership is a voluntary group of organizations and individuals who have been working together to advance “the development of effective and sustainable policy to enhance the health of people living in Hastings and Prince Edward.”

In February 2011, the Partnership released a community profile containing demographics, health status data, current initiatives and policies to help inform the Partnership and build community capacity in the areas of health and well-being. Click here to view.

This year, the Partnership has engaged Dillon Consulting in a study to learn how the community views healthy eating and active living policy. 1307 resident and 140 stakeholder surveys were received, and seven key informant interviews were performed to gather input about:

• Healthy eating and food accessibility,

• Access to recreation,

• Sustainable and active transportation.

Two community consultation sessions were held on November 4th, one in Bancroft and one in Belleville, to brainstorm opportunities, barriers and strategies with stakeholders in these three focus areas.

Certainly, the “aha moment” for me was to learn that the majority of respondents said they would consider voting for municipal candidates who plan to work at improving the health and well-being of HPE residents by focusing on these three areas. 

The final report will be available early in 2014.  For more information, contact Healthy Life Line: 613- 966-5513 ext. 610.  If long distance, call toll-free 1-800-267-2803 x 610, TTY: 613-966-3036, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

Wendy Anderson, Coordinator, Children and Youth Services Network

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