"I’m losing weight, doing less grazing, my blood sugars are well under control and I feel 100 times better." - FoodFit participant
FoodFit is a 12-week program for people living on low incomes who experience barriers around healthy eating and physical activity but who are motivated to make lasting changes to their health.
CFCC offers FoodFit grants to nonprofit organizations to run the program in their communities. The Local Community Food Centre received the first FoodFit grant in 2014. Since then, 21 organizations across the country have received grants to implement the program.
FoodFit’s approach is to meet people where they’re at—providing simple, useful tools to help participants make sustainable lifestyle changes that will support their health and help them navigate an increasingly complex food environment.
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, individual and group goal-setting, and reflection and feedback loops that monitor and reinforce progress.
- 82% increased their fruit and vegetable consumption
- 62% increased their daily average steps over the course of the program -- on average, the increase was 2,000 steps per day
- 93% made a social connection with someone they felt they could count on for support
Read Peggy's story to find out what FoodFit's meant for her.
FoodFit was developed with input from a medical doctor, nutritionists, Community Food Centres Canada staff, and community members. FoodFit grants have been made available through generous funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Multi-sectoral Partnership Grants Program and matching funds from other sources.