Community Resources


Building on successes and learning from challenges of the Nova Scotia food and nutrition policy

Release of Wisdom2Action Food Matters Final Report  

On April 26, 2018, key stakeholders and youth leaders from across Nova Scotia came together for a conversation about food in schools.

This W2A: Food Matters event aimed to share the key findings from a research project called “Building on successes and learning from challenges of the Nova Scotia food and nutrition policy”, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Max Bell Foundation. Findings from the research were shared with key stakeholders from across the province at a dynamic event that was hosted by youth leaders. Download W2A: Food Matters A conversation about food in Nova Scotian schools. View a short video of the day.



Establising a Baseline: Active Transportation and Health Indicators in the Halifax Region

Author: Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)-Public Health Central Zone

NSHA-Public Health, Central Zone has collaborated with several organizations, including the Healthy Populations Institute, through a multi-disciplinary working group to expand the Halifax region’s knowledge of active transportation and health trends. This report encourages increased investment in and support for active transportation and provides a strategy to support similar efforts in other communities and health zones. 

Read the Executive Summary [pdf - 563 KB]

Read the Full Report [pdf - 4.5 MB]

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Being Safe, Being Me in the Atlantic Provinces: Results of the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey

Gahagan J, Ferguson M, Saewyc E, Frohard-Dourlent H, Veale J (2018). Being Safe, Being Me in the Atlantic Provinces: Results of the Canadian Trans youth Health Survey. Vancouver, BC: Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Trans youth Centre, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia.

The Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey was a national online survey conducted by researchers from several Canadian universities and community organizations. This report specifically examines trans youth located in the Atlantic Provinces. The survey included 122 participants from the Atlantic Provinces and used somewhat different questions for younger (14-18 years) and older (19-25 years) trans youth about a wide range of life experiences and behaviours that influence young people’s health. This regional report is a first snapshot of the survey results.

Read the full report here.



Over the Line: A Conversation about Race, Place and the Environment

Thank you to all who attended "Over the Line" last Friday. If you have not completed and returned the Post-Conference Survey that was circulated at the event, we encourage to do so now.The Post-Conference Survey is also available to download.

Once complete, please email it to: or Fax it to 902-494-3594,or mail it to: 1318 Robie St, Box 15000, Halifax NS B3H 4R2



Dal Researchers Develop App to Encourage Healthy Eating Amongst Families

Launched in February 2017, Froogie is a free, family-focused smartphone app that aims to engage children and parents in making healthy food choices. Between 2007-2017, a team of researchers co-led by Dr. Sara Kirk and Dr. Daniel Rainham with the Healthy Populations Institute at Dalhousie University received funding from Heart & Stroke and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to better understand how diet and physical activity behaviours impact youth health.

Informed by this research, Froogie has been carefully crafted to provide a fun and interactive experience for children and families to eat healthily together. A combination of the words “fruits” and “veggies,” Froogie offers tips and reminders to promote daily fruit and veggie intake to help meet age-appropriate goals. Up to nine animated Froogie characters can be earned over time so families can live life on the veg!

Froogie has gained significant media attention, with 1,000 downloads in the first month! Visit for more information and to download the app.


Brushing Up on Mouth Care

Facilitating uptake of a daily oral care program in continuing care
Purpose: To translate the knowledge we have gained in the Oral Care in Continuing Care Settings project in order to facilitate uptake of these resources in other relevant settings. This comprehensive hands-on educational resource package is "Brushing Up on Mouth Care."  


Challenges in providing services to people who use drugs: Insights from emergency department and shelter staff in Nova Scotia

Interventions for opioid-dependent users on methadone