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Healthy living

Browse creative ideas to encourage and promote healthy living.

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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.

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242 ideas submitted to Healthy living


Healthy Eating in Ontario

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

To encourage healthy living and physical fitness, the government of Ontario can charge less recreation centres and gym memberships.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Navillion.  4 comments

Healthy Food Awareness App

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

A large number of people have phones or computers . If there was an app for the phone and/or computer that people could get excited about that would help people to monitor the food that they eat to help them ( and educate them) .

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Lesley Carlberg.

Help students that are supporting their studies by working full time, as the stress is dangerous

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

As a full-time student and a full-time employee, life has become increasingly difficult.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Panaccoman.

Improving nutrition in Ontario child care settings

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Nutrition is important for healthy growth and development in young children. Many children in Ontario spend more than a third of their day in child care, and may consume over half their meals and snacks while at child care settings.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by jyates.  1 comment

Install water fountains in city parks

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Water is essential. Bottled water companies are exploitive. Water belongs to available and should be available everywhere. Install a network of public water fountains in city streets

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Created on October 23, 2017 by bubbles.

Keep Canada Healty , provide free outdoor excercise equipment to Canadians in parks: public places.

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Providing publicly funded outdoor excercise equipment has been adapted in Iran and Argentina and has very good health benefits for 45-65 year old age groups.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Mobarex.

Kids Eat Right

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Healthy eating/habits have to start at home but kids pick up info from school.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by JenB.

Launching walking as a "product"

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Walking has been proven to have significant positive effects on physical, emotional and mental well-being. In some cases the results of a daily walking program outweigh those of many prescription drugs.

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Created on October 23, 2017 by Dubes011.  2 comments

Making Nature Accessible

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

We know that time in natural settings improves mental and physical health. Using maps, overlay school sites with city or province owned land that can be easily accessed by schools (within walking distance).

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Created on November 3, 2017 by Lynn D.

Merging cultrual values and biomedicine in an artistic medium for immigrants to Canada

This project was carefully considered at the Public Workshops, but was not selected to move forward.

Sustaining a healthy living, can often become a challenge for immigrants, as this population, in particular, have to face many cultural, financial, and social issues.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by fery pashang.  1 comment

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