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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

There is a movement across the country to recognize the importance of healthy food environments in public recreation facilities. Like many organizations across Canada, the Eat Healthy, Play Healthy initiative is conducting research and producing resources to help the recreation sector build capacity to take action.  

Why it is Important?

Research and success stories have shown that many stakeholders benefit when healthy food and drink choices are carefully incorporated into recreation facilities. Children, youth, adults, seniors, concessionaires, vendors, facility operators and owners can all benefit from offering healthy food and drink choices.

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;
  • protect profits, and;
  • improve the selection of healthier products from suppliers.

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

  • improve energy levels and performance;
  • improve concentration and focus;
  • improve productivity and reduce absenteeism;
  • reduce disease risk, and;
  • improve overall well-being.

Get Involved

We are conducting research to determine the current state of food environments in Saskatchewan public recreation facilities. Register online today to participate in a telephone interview, concession, vending and/or marketing assessments for your facilities. By joining, you will receive: 

  • results of your assessment(s);
  • 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 Healthy, Play Healthy brochure here. After you register, the Project Manager will contact you. To learn more about our research, visit our website at (coming soon).

Resources to Get Started

There is a growing list of research and resources to support healthy food and drinks in recreation facilities right across the provinces and more information is becoming available all the time.

  • Visit Stay Active Eat Healthy for an inventory of resources from other provinces and territories in Canada.
  • Encourage customers to share their ideas through 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 healthy foods and drinks to offer in your recreation setting. (coming soon)
  • Sign up to use the Brand Name Food List. This tool can help you choose healthier food and drink products to offer in facilities. 
  • Connect with a Public Health Nutritionist in Saskatchewan for additional support.

Saskatchewan Success Stories

Do you have a healthy food and drink success story to share? We would like to learn what worked for your facility. It may be as simple as providing vegetables and fruit at special events. Share your success story today

Our Partners

Eat Healthy, Play Healthy partners have a vested interest in supporting the health of families living in Saskatchewan. They include the: 

  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada;
  • Government of Saskatchewan;
  • University of Saskatchewan;
  • Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association; and,
  • Public Health Nutritionists of Saskatchewan.

For More Information

Contact: 

Tim Hanna
Facilities and Training Consultant
Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association
(306) 780-9324
thanna@spra.sk.ca