Canada is investing $10.5 million to help promote healthy eating and healthy living.

Canada’s minister of health, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, announced that the country will be investing $10.5 million over the next three years in order to promote healthier lifestyles among Canadians. The investment will go to fund seven projects targeting rural, urban, and underserved communities.

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“The projects funded today will help Canadians make important changes to improve their health, with the benefit of direct input and support from the community,” Taylor said. “For example, by working with youth to build cooking skills and foster peer support, these projects will make it easier for Canadians to lead healthier lives.”

Two of every three Canadian adults are overweight or obese, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The country is reported to be investing over $34 million in healthy weight projects from 2011 through 2020.

“Ensuring that low-income Canadians are able to access the food they need to be healthy is a complex issue,” explained Kathryn Scharf, the chief operating officer of Community Food Centres Canada. “PHAC’s Innovation Strategy has recognized that we cannot address this issue simply through charity or promoting better choices, but by getting behind projects that work to address the many barriers to health experienced by people living in poverty.”

“This vision has enabled Community Food Centres Canada, alongside partners like the Dartmouth Family Centre, to innovate by building community food centres that offer welcoming, dignified places where people can connect with each other and grow, cook, learn about, and share good food,” added Scharf.

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