Meet the Team

Welcome to the Prince Edward Island Healthy Eating Alliance.

The Healthy Eating Alliance (HEA) works to improve the healthy eating habits of all Islanders. Here, you’ll find credible nutrition information, healthy eating tips and resources, upcoming events and more. Check us out, and come back often to see what’s happening.

Thank you for visiting the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance page. The HEA is currently in the process of dissolving. Services provided by HEA will be provided by the provincial government. If you have questions about breakfast program support, please contact Sterling Carruthers at [email protected] If you have questions or requests for school, early years or community nutrition support, please contact Laura Lee Noonan at [email protected]

Attention all schools who operate breakfast and snack programs with funding through the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance. The closure of HEA will not impact funding availability for the 2016-2017 year. The Department of Education Early Learning and Culture has assured us that there are no cuts to breakfast program funding. The Department will be communicating to all principals regarding this matter as well as the application process for next year.  We hope this alleviates any concern on your part and apologize for any confusion resulting from our closure. 

Meet the Team

Happenings

March is Nutrition Month! Are You Hungry for a Challenge?

Celebrate Nutrition Month with HEA and go!PEI's "Hungry for a Challenge". From March 14-20, go!PEI is challenging all islanders to [...]

Count Your Cubes! The Sugary Drink Challenge

Count Your Cubes! The Sugary Drink Challenge This February, the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance, in partnership with the Heart and [...]

HEA Annual General Meeting

HEA Annual General Meeting Mark your calendars! The PEI Healthy Eating Alliance Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, [...]

Etoile Sante (Health Star)

Etoile Sante (Health Star) Congratulations to Melissa Arsenault, Registered Dietitian with PEI Healthy Eating Alliance, who was awarded the [...]

                           Heart & Stroke Foundation PEI – Feature Member  

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June is “Stroke Month” and the PEI Healthy Eating Alliance is pleased to be working with the PEI Heart & Stroke Foundation to raise awareness about excess sugar consumption, which can lead to stroke.It is estimated that Canadians consume as much as 13% of their total calorie intake from added sugars.Excess sugar consumption is associated with adverse health effects including heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, cancer and dental caries (cavities).Individuals who consume more than 10% (but less than 25%) of total calories from added sugar have a 30% higher risk of death from heart disease or stroke compared to those who consume less than 10%. For those who consume 25% or more of calories from added sugar, the risk is nearly tripled.
Sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) are the single largest contributor of sugar in the diet. A single 355 mL can of sugar-sweetened soda contains up to 40 grams (about 10 teaspoons) of sugar and no health benefits.
The PEI Healthy Eating Alliance is working with the Heart & Stroke Federation PEI to educate Islanders about ways to reduce their sugary drink consumption. For more information, check out HSF Be Sugar Smart.

The PEI Healthy Eating Alliance works with members and other stakeholders to improve Islander’s nutritional health through:

  • increased access and availability of healthy foods in various places
  • enhanced nutrition knowledge of how to choose healthy foods and beverages
  • improved food skills in order to prepare healthy meals and snacks
  • improved ability to purchase healthy food

Contact us to be part of the healthy food movement.