You are here

Healthy living

Browse creative ideas to encourage and promote healthy living.

health cross symbol

View the ideas submitted to Healthy living

The problem

Although traditional health care often focuses on care after someone is sick, healthy living – for example, eating well, exercising regularly, and not smoking – is one of the best ways to prevent health problems in the future.

We know that:

  • eating healthy can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and some kinds of cancer
  • people who are physically active are less likely to develop heart disease and other chronic health problems
  • if you stop smoking, within 24 hours, your risk of heart attack starts to drop and within 5 years your risk of stroke is the same as someone who never smoked

Although we offer programs and supports to help people stay healthy, have introduced menu labelling to help people make informed and healthier food choices and are helping smokers quit, what new and creative ideas and technologies should we consider to help people stay healthy?

Who we're trying to help

While everyone can benefit from adopting healthy living, due to factors beyond their control there are groups in the province that may be more at risk for developing certain chronic diseases, such as, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and asthma. These groups include, people:

  • living on low incomes
  • in rural and remote communities
  • with mental health and addiction concerns
  • from certain racial backgrounds

We are looking for ideas that promote health for everyone and/or offer new ways of connecting with groups that have traditionally been hard to reach.

What we're doing/have done

Healthy living

We fund 36 Public Health Units (opens in a new window) across the province. They offer healthy living programs, mental health promotion and disease prevention information for members of their local communities.

Smoke-Free Ontario

In 2007, we launched Smoke-Free Ontario (opens in a new window) which combines programs, policies, laws and public education to help:

  • smokers quit
  • protect people from exposure to second-hand smoke
  • encourage young people to never start

Healthy kids

Through the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (opens in a new window) we give money, training and social marketing tools to 45 communities across the province, to run programs about healthy eating and being active for kids and their families. This program reaches 40% of Ontario’s population including Indigenous populations served by six Aboriginal Health Access Centres and Community Health Centres. 

We also offer free fruit and vegetables to elementary and middle school students in the districts of Algoma, Porcupine and Sudbury through the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program reaches over 190 schools and approximately 37,000 students every year.

We partner with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to help pay for the Student Nutrition Program (opens in a new window), which helps provide nutritious meals and snacks in schools. During the 2015-16 school year, the program served nearly 900,000 children and youth.

Menu labelling

We also introduced the Healthy Menu Choices Act (opens in a new window), which requires all food-service chains with 20 or more locations in Ontario, to post the number of calories in the food and drink items they sell.

Learn more

Learn more about:

242 ideas submitted to Healthy living


Scenic Pathway connecting communities of Nipigon, Red Rock, Hurkett, Dorion

Create a walking/biking/wheelchair pathway for all ages converting unused railway system along the shores of Lake Superior connecting communities of Nipigon, Red Rock, Hurkett, Dorion in Northwestern Ontario.

Read more
Created on November 3, 2017 by Ontario24.


Re: Forest Manor / Parkway Forest Community area - 55 Forest Manor Raod

Read more
Created on October 19, 2017 by TeriMac.  1 comment

Affordable living

If you want Ontarians to be able to afford their homes and survive it's time to help the lower income. Raising minimum wage isn't going to do it, it will force the cost of goods we need to increase as well.

Read more
Created on October 25, 2017 by pbfwood.

Universal Basic Income

I believe the way to address poverty, unemployment and underemployment in the province and in Canada is to institute a universal basic income for all citizens.

Read more
Created on November 3, 2017 by GC.  2 comments

urban nature - school program (sustainable living)

Receive proposals on school-based educational sustainability programs. Choose a winner based on the credibility and robustness of the plan. Work with the current programs in the schools, in partnership, to build on what has been established.

Read more
Created on October 19, 2017 by JSugar.

Tax inventive to stay Healthy

I believe that if we as individuals had something to lose by going to the doctor we would think twice before we go and waste a doctors and other patenience time.

Read more
Created on October 24, 2017 by CanadaPerson.  2 comments

407 / 412: NO TOLLS

Its painfully evidence with the daily stand still traffic on Highway 7 and surrounding areas that the Highway 407 TOLL highway is creating a problem.

Read more
Created on November 3, 2017 by johnnywalker123.  1 comment

Multi-government support for public transit

The TTC is the only major urban transit system in North America where a majority of the fare is paid by users. This is because funding is left to the city of Toronto.

Read more
Created on October 23, 2017 by Jberland.

Sunday Residential Street Shutdown for Kids to Play

Canadian guidelines suggest that kids between five and 17 years old get at least 60 minutes of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity per day. Only nine per cent of children do.

Read more
Created on October 27, 2017 by Emilie.  1 comment

Double YRT Frequency

There is a significant gap in local transit between the 416 & 905. However many people live in the 905 as they've been priced out of the 416.

Read more
Created on October 23, 2017 by bubbles.