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Thursday, April 20, 2017

North Hastings Food for You Relocating

The North Hastings Food for You:Food for Two program is relocating!  
Beginning May 4, 2017, the program will be offered at the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) office at 91 Chemaushgon Road in Bancroft, on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Food for You:Food for Two is the local name for the broader Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, a community-based program funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and delivered through Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.  The program is designed to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and infants who may require additional support.  A comprehensive bundle of services is available to program participants including; nutrition education and supplementation, supports for healthy infant/parent attachment, child development and positive parenting education, and breastfeeding support.

“We are excited about our new partnership with the Métis Nation of Ontario, through which we will continue to offer the same great support services available through Food for You:Food for Two,” says Jackie Whittingham, Program Manager.  “Relocating the program will ensure the program is accessible to all current and future families, including those of indigenous descent and those living in rural areas.”

At the weekly drop-in program, families are provided a healthy snack, receive free items such as groceries, milk and prenatal vitamins, and have the opportunity to consult with Public Health Nurses and Dietitians with questions and concerns about infant feeding.  “Our program promotes positive maternal mental health as well as provides opportunities for social support,” says Nancy Quinton, Registered Dietitian. “Participants learn about healthy eating for mom and baby, maintaining a healthy pregnancy, and how to care for their newborn.”

“The MNO is thrilled about this new partnership,” says Robin Simpson, Métis Nation of Ontario. “We are excited to welcome Food for You:Food for Two participants and look forward to sharing our culture.”

For more information about the Food for You:Food for Two program – including eligibility criteria, call the Reproductive Health Infoline at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223.
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