Healthy lifestyles Nutrition


Healthy eating is important for preventing diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and obesity.

Eating well can be a challenge. We are here to help.

Everyone has different nutritional needs depending on their age and overall health. We have resources for people of all ages as well as caretakers and those who prepare meals for others.

Registered dietitians are your trusted source of credible nutrition information. There are several dietitians in Oxford County that are available to help you make healthy choices, and their services are FREE!

Contact a dietitian today:

Woodstock and Area Community Health Centre
35 Metcalfe St., Woodstock
519-539-1111 ext. 208

Zehrs Registered Dietitian (Woodstock & Tillsonburg store locations)

Thames Valley Family Health Team (Woodstock Office)
*Call your doctor to see if you are part of the Family Health Team patient list.

Woodstock General Hospital - general nutrition services
519-421-4233 ext. 2126 (limited availability, physician referrals only)

Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Diabetes Education Centre
519-842-3611 ext. 5362

Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll
519-485-1700 ext. 8227 (limited availability, physician referrals only)

Take the fight out of food! Upcoming Nutrition Month events in Oxford County

Take advantage of events being hosted this March by registered dietitians here in Oxford County that will help you take the fight out of food:

  • March 21: Cooking Well With Diabetes, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. , Woodstock and Area Community Health Centre
  • March 23: Heart Health Seminar, 1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m., Woodstock General Hospital
  • March 28: Cooking Well With Diabetes, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. , Woodstock and Area Community Health Centre
  • March 30: Take the Fight Out of Food Seminar, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. , Woodstock and Area Community Health Centre

Calories on menus

As part of the Healthy Menu Choices Act, all food-service chains with 20 or more locations in Ontario must now post the number of calories in the food and drink items they sell. This includes places such as fast food restaurants, coffee shops and movie theatres.

Visit the Government of Ontario's webpage on the topic for full details.

Food security

Oxford County is one of the richest areas in Ontario for prime agricultural land. Yet, more than half of us don't eat the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables, and 1 in 10 of us felt food insecure last year. Ensuring everyone has access to good food is part of living in a healthy community.

See the latest info on how much it costs to feed a family in Oxford County. Read the 2015 Nutritious Food Basket bulletin.