In March 2019, Public Health Nutritionists from NSHA Central Zone hosted two Food and Recreation Setting workshops in HRM. The purpose of the workshops, hosted by Public Health, was to identify opportunities for collaboration around food programming and food environments in recreation settings. Workshop participants came from a range of geographic areas within NSHA Central Zone (Halifax Regional Municipality, Town of Windsor and the Municipality of West Hants). They represented a variety of organizations working in recreation settings such as community centres, libraries and after-school programs.
Those working in recreation settings are supporting healthy food environments in a variety of ways including hosting community meals, supporting community gardens, and offering programming on healthy eating and food skills. Food insecurity also emerged as a common theme in these discussions and organizations are finding innovative ways to support community members experiencing food insecurity.
For more information please see the full Food & Recreation Settings Workshops Summary Report.