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Food for thought

Independent Living Canada and the Independent Living Centres across Canada have produced quality resources over the last 30 years. You’ll find a few here and you can contact your local IL Centre for more information on the other resources available and a representative will assist you.

People living with disabilities are more likely to experience reduced well-being because of obesity, or being underweight and malnourished. They also have higher chances of suffering from several other health issues.

Project research & documents

Food for Thought:Persons with Disabilities and Healthy Eating By: Jihan Abbas Summary of Research Results
Food for Thought Project Wrap-up:A Summary of Consumer Views Prepared By: Jihan Abbas
Food for Thought: A Pan-Canadian Initiative Addressing the Healthy Eating Goals of Persons with DisabilitiesFinal Evaluation ReportMarch 2009Submitted to Independent Living CanadaPrepared by Independent Living Vernon
Making a Connection:  Literacy, Disability and Quality of Life,  Participatory Action Research Approach Final Report  Submitted by Dr. Diane Driedger Dr. Nancy Hansen Co-Investigators University of Manitoba, Disabilities Studies Program In partnership with Independent Living Canada January 2011

Persons with Disabilities and Healthy Eating

A Summary of Consumer Views 

Pan-Canadian Initiative Addressing Healthy Eating

Literacy, Disability and Quality of Life

Additional resources :

Facilitators Guide to Exploring Canada’s Food Guide
Independent Living Canada: Food for Thought Project
The information found on the Nutrition Facts label gives us the power to understand
and make informed choices about the foods and drinks we consume. Knowing how to
read these labels gives us the ability to make more informed choices about health for
ourselves and others.
Eating healthier on a budget can often seem very challenging. Not only does eating
healthier often seem so much more expensive, but what to eat and how to prepare it
can be a challenge.
The body gets energy by making glucose (sugar) from foods like bread, potatoes, rice,
pasta, milk and fruit. To use this glucose, the body needs insulin. Insulin is a hormone
that helps control the level of glucose in blood.
Food needs to be properly stored, cooked and re-heated to make sure that it is safe
to eat. Handling your food correctly will help ensure that you avoid becoming sick and
that all the time, money and effort you put into your meals does not go to waste.

Exploring Canada’s Food Guide

Nutrition Labels What They Tell Us 

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Diabetes Basics 

Keeping Food Safe 


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