Nutrition

A balanced diet is very helpful in decreasing the risks associated with diseases such as type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancers while impeding the obesity growth rate in our communities.

With the goal of assisting in the promotion of healthy nutritional habits among the First Nations, the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Health and Social Services Commission (FNQLHSSC) advises and supports the communities in the area of nutrition in order to foster healthy nutrition among them.   

It also contributes to capacity-building in the area of nutrition among the health interveners by developing tools promoting healthy nutritional habits that are adapted to the First Nations.

On the Path to Health! Program

This program is intended for the children in the First Nations elementary schools and their parents.

These workshops enable the youth to recognise healthy foods while developing their abilities related to cooking. They also aim to get youth to appreciate the tastes of nutritional foods including traditional foods while teaching them to recognise the signs of hunger and satiety.

Kirano Project

Kirano was created in order to foster healthy lifestyles among the First Nations communities.

The idea is simple: for eight weeks, the candidates participate in an intensive training program under the watchful eye of qualified and motivating trainers and nutritionists.   

For more information about this project and to find out more about the steps associated with carrying it out, please consult the Kirano implementation guide.

Health Eating during my Pregnancy for my Baby and Me Brochure

During pregnancy, women are in greater need of folic acid, iron and protein. By modifying her diet, a pregnant woman can ensure the healthy growth and development of the baby and reduce the risks associated with gestational diabetes.

The FNQLHSSC prepared a brochure entitled “Healthy eating during my pregnancy for My Baby and Me”, a calendar intended to assist pregnant women in selecting foods promoting the development of the fetus all throughout the course of their pregnancies.   

This brochure is available at the FNQLHSSC upon request.

Introduction Guide to Solid Foods

This guide enables parents of newborn babies to make the transition from a diet based on breast milk or infant formula to a diet composed of solid foods while testing for possible food allergies and implementing traditional First Nations foods. 

This guide is available at the FNQLHSSC upon request.

Information

To find out more about our programs or to order our publications, please contact Ms. Alexandra Picard-Sioui, Nutrition Advisor: