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Health Canada Unveils Food Guide Snapshot


June 25, 2019
By Bakers Journal
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health Image courtesy of CNW Group/Health Canada

The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced the translation of Canada’s new Food Guide Snapshot into 17 multicultural languages to assist in making nutritional information accessible to Canada’s diverse population.

The guide will now be available in Arabic, Farsi, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Simplified Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Traditional Chinese, Urdu and Vietnamese. This translated guidance will help people whose first language is not English or French make healthy eating choices for themselves and their families.

Canada’s new Food Guide already recognizes that nutritious foods can reflect cultural preference and food traditions. Making the Food Guide snapshot available in additional languages means that more Canadians will be able to access its healthy eating guidance.

In addition, through the Food Guide, Canadians can expand and adapt their healthy eating and food preparation skills as they explore recipes and cooking methods from their own cultural backgrounds and the cultural backgrounds of others.

“When we can provide resources in the languages our patients and clients speak, we create a more positive and comfortable space to talk about food and nutrition. The translation of Canada’s new Food Guide Snapshot into additional languages will help dieticians and health care professionals start more conversations about healthy eating with the patients, clients, and communities they serve,” stated Jennifer Buccino, Regional Executive Director, Ontario, Dieticians of Canada in a press release.

The new Food Guide is an integral part of the Healthy Eating Strategy, which aims to make the healthier choice the easier choice for all Canadians. Since the launch of the new Canada’s Food Guide in January 2019, there have been more than 220,000 downloads of the Snapshot, and almost 3 million visits to the healthy eating tips and resources.