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. The program also collects biometric indicators at the start and end of the program, and provides pedometers so participants can monitor daily steps. FoodFit respects the limits of people’s circumstances, and aims to give participants simple, useful tools to navigate an increasingly complex food environment.
FoodFit was developed with input from a medical doctor, nutritionists, Community Food Centres Canada staff, and community members. It’s offered as part of a suite of programs at The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford, The Table Community Food Centre in Perth, and the Regent Park Community Food Centre in Toronto. These three Ontario Community Food Centres (CFCs) and others across the country provide food access, food skills and education and engagement programs in low-income communities as a way to increase healthy food access, improve physical and mental health, and reduce social isolation.
Thanks to StepsCount for providing 400 discounted medical grade pedometers to support the 2016 FoodFit programs! You're helping us get people moving.