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Promoting Healthy Food Environments in Saskatchewan Public Recreation Facilities


Our food and drink choices are highly influenced by the food environment which includes the products available, as well as, how they are placed, priced and promoted. Children and youth who are involved in sport have been found to consume more calories, fast food and sugary beverages, than those who do not participate, as the environment at recreation facilities does not always enable making the healthy choice the easiest choice (Nelson TF, Stovitz SD & Thomas, 2011).

The Eat Healthy, Play Healthy initiative aims to support healthy food environments in Saskatchewan public recreation facilities.

Why should we improve the food environments in our recreation facility?

It’s good for business. Creating healthy food environments through availability, placement, pricing and promotion of healthy choices will increase:

  • sales of healthy food and drinks,
  • profit, and
  • the selection of healthier products from suppliers.

It’s good for health. A healthy diet improves:

  • activity levels and performance,
  • concentration and focus,
  • productivity and reduces absenteeism, and
  • overall physical and mental well-being and reduces risk of chronic disease.

How can we help?

Your input matters! We want to learn from people in Saskatchewan who have influence over the food and drinks offered in public recreation facilities. Register online today to participate in a short telephone interview, and/or assessment of your concession and/or vending machines. By joining, you will receive: 

  • resources and support based on best science to improve the food environment while protecting profits,
  • a certificate of participation to display, and
  • an entry to win a tablet valued at $200.

Download an Eat Health, Play Healthy brochure here.

You can also help by sharing your success story with others! As you work to improve your recreation food environment, we would like to know what worked for you. Share a success story with us today.

What resources are available to help us get started?

  • Get input from your customers by sharing the Eat Healthy, Play Healthy Customer Survey (Coming Soon). 
  • Use the Government of Saskatchewan’s Healthy Foods for my Recreation Setting – Nutrition Standards and Getting Started to determine foods of higher nutritional value to offer in your recreation setting (Coming Soon). 
  • Visit Stay Active Eat Healthy for an inventory of resources from other provinces and territories in Canada.
  • Connect with your local Public Health Nutritionist for additional support.

For more information on the Eat Healthy, Play Healthy initiative: