Nutrition, Health and Development

Why focus on nutrition, health and development?

All young people need good nutrition. This includes infants, preschoolers, school children, adolescents and pregnant women. In rural and northern communities, food and nutrition programs for young people with special needs are often limited or unavailable. We need to make available programs that are specific to the needs of youth living in these remote communities.

How do we help?

We work to ensure our young people in remote regions of Canada have healthy diets. We aim to make effective programs and services more available. It is also important that when trained professionals educate families about healthy eating, they recognize the cultural and linguistic diversity in rural and northern communities.

What are we doing to help?

  • Work with families, communities and governments to develop effective food and nutrition programs
  • Connect parents, teachers and groups interested in food and nutrition
  • Provide easy ways to get helpful information
  • Collect and review the latest information on food and nutrition
  • Report on best practices and best programs
  • Find new technologies to improve services

Where it happens?

All across Canada, our team of nutrition experts are working together to ensure the excellence. Our team also includes community, government and corporate groups. It is managed by team leaders Mary Courage, Ph.D. and Patricia Canning, Ph.D, both of Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Centre of Excellence for Children &
Adolescents with Special Needs:

Call:  (807) 343-8219  Fax:  (807) 346-7991 

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