FoodFit, a program developed by Community Food Centres Canada, is now being offered through Cowichan Green Community Foundation to bring low-income community members together to set goals, learn skills, and make measurable changes in overall health and fitness. The goal of the FoodFit program is to support community members to become better nourished, more active, and less socially isolated.
FoodFit is a 12-week program for low-income community members who experience barriers around healthy eating and physical activity but who are motivated to make lasting changes to their health. The program combines fun, hands-on cooking sessions and food-based activities with take-home recipes, easy-to-understand nutrition information, group exercise, shared meals, self-directed individual and group goal-setting, and reflection and feedback loops that monitor and reinforce individual and group progress.
Funding for the new FoodFit program comes from Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada through a new grants stream. Cowichan Green Community has received funding to staff, implement, and evaluate the FoodFit program over two years.
The funding is part of a broader move from CFCC to implement programs that bridge the divide between low-income and healthy living. Through CFCC’s multi-year pilots to date, impacts from the program have been very positive: most FoodFit participants consumed more fruits and vegetables, cooked more healthy meals at home, moved more, and increased their social support networks.
Cowichan Green Community is joined by three other grantees selected from across Canada including Ateliers Je Suis Capable (Sorel-Tracy, Quebec), Sherbourne Health Centre (Toronto, Ontario), and Six Nations Health Services (Ohsweken, Ontario). These four grant recipients join the 13 organizations across Canada already running FoodFit in their community.
For more information or to register for FoodFit, please contact CGC staff member and facilitator, Alyssa Loucks, at 250-748-8506 or firstname.lastname@example.org