Health and Nutrition

A non-profit community-based organization that is committed in addressing the immigration, integration, education, health, housing, social service, culture, and economic development needs of Somali Canadians and other immigrants in Canada through programs, service and advocacy.

Health and Nutrition is a coalition of six agencies working together to support the health and development of children aged birth to 6 years in the former City of York. Programs funded through the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC) under the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The SIAO Community Food and Nutrition Programs assists the community in implementing community kitchens and food buying clubs, organizing various locations and providing a variety of information sessions on nutrition, cooking, budgeting, etc. The project also coordinates with community parents, volunteers and staff of other programs with “Program Without Walls”. It also provides support and referral services to children and families living in high-risk situations. In addition to that it educates and assists parents in performing duties such as cleaning, preparing, portioning and storing food as well as updating families on the new Canada Food Guide.

Participants have gained a better understanding of key factor of healthy childhood development and the importance of nutrition.  Our students, clients and staff have all benefited from workshops that covered topics such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Mammograms
  • Managing Blood Pressure

SIAO is pleased to deliver community-based nutrition education programs that help individual’s, families and communities make informed choices about food and lifestyles that support their physiological health, economic and social well-being. This program is developed to help newcomers and immigrants navigate unfamiliar food options by introducing healthy recipes that incorporates traditional meals.

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