About Saint Mary's

Healthy Eating and Nutrition

Rekindle Your Relationship with Food

The “Rekindle Your Relationship with Food” program started in May 2012 with a $15,000 grant from the Department of Health and Wellness (DHW). DHW produced THRIVE: A plan for healthier Nova Scotia which outlines the opportunities to address obesity, inactivity and unhealthy eating. One of the key directions of the Thrive plan is to equip people with skills and knowledge for lifelong health. Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods - it doesn't mean giving up the foods you love; it means choosing food wisely. Food nourishes the body and gives us energy to ‘Age Quod Agis’.

Nutrition education is a key priority across Campus. To help community members quickly and easily access information they need to eat healthy, and improve their overall health, the University has created a Healthy Eating & Nutrition Toolbox. The toolbox consists of links to reputable websites or stand-a-lone documents. The intent is that this toolbox be a living document, and reflect the ongoing needs of our community. Community members are invited to submit ideas for additions to the toolbox by contacting wellness@smu.ca.

The Campus Dietitian is available to assist staff, students and faculty with advice and counselling about diet, food and nutrition.  Dietitians are regulated health professionals who provide advice on making healthy food choices, how to distinguish healthy eating plans from those that don’t provide optimal nourishment, and can help manage special health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, allergies and obesity.  To contact the dietitian for an appointment, e-mail dietitian@smu.ca.


DHW and THRIVE plan





Canada’s Food Guides

 How to Read Nutrition Labels   

 Meal Planning

 Portion Control

 Food Safety


 University Tools for Success


 Body Composition

  University Initiatives

 Eating on a Budget

 Eating on Campus

Food and Religious Practices

 Other Tips

 Other Types of Diets