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Healthy Living

​The Northwestern Health Unit provides information and services to help residents of Northwestern Ontario live healthy, active lifestyles that reduce the risk of chronic disease.
Learn more about getting active at school, work and in the community - as well as tips to get started.
Food and healthy eating
Learn about the benefits of healthy eating, how to follow Canada's food guide - and tips to make healthy eating fun and easy.
Live tobacco free
Find information about how to quit smoking and how to help others quit.
Stay sun safe
Learn about the risks for skin cancer and how to protect yourself and your family. 
Limit alcohol use
Follow Canada's low-risk drinking guidelines.

Mental Health
There are steps we can take to improve and maintain our mental health. Read about making mental health a priority and connecting to additional resources.

Do one thing
Check out the health unit campaign for lots of ways to get active, eat healthy and make a difference in your community.

Public Health Question
  • Q:
    My child continues to ask for unhealthy, pre-packaged snacks. What are some healthy alternatives I can give them instead?
    ​Many pre-packaged foods are high in fat, sugar or salt and are likely not the best snack food for your child. Fresh fruit and vegetables, yogurt, whole grain crackers and cheese, unsweetened applesauce or homemade trail mix are some healthier alt...