Alberta Health Services’ Nutrition Services has created a series of reports that provide an analysis of the cost and affordability of healthy eating in Alberta, as well as an overview of the causes, prevalence and impacts of household food insecurity. These documents illustrate how specific households may be unable to afford a healthy diet when trying to meet all of their basic life needs.
Who is the Target Audience for the Reports?
The target audience includes leaders, policy-makers, health practitioners and decision-makers who work in government, private, health and non-profit sectors. The reports are designed to assist these stakeholders in identifying social priorities and opportunities for action that may improve the livelihood of those households at higher risk for poor health outcomes.
About the Reports
The reports and their supporting materials are available on the Alberta Health Services website at: https://goo.gl/XpB7tp
The Cost of Healthy Eating in Alberta outlines a conservative estimate of the average monthly cost of a basic, healthy diet for all Albertans who are two years of age and older. This report also presents an estimate of healthy food costs for specific communities across the province.
The Affordability of Healthy Eating in Alberta illustrates how individuals and families at higher risk for household food insecurity cannot afford to follow a basic, healthy diet if they also wish to pay for other essential living expenses. This report also outlines actions to promote health equity and improve health and social outcomes for food insecure households in Alberta.
Household Food Insecurity in Alberta: A Backgrounder provides a detailed overview of the relationship between income, health and household food insecurity in Alberta.
If you have any questions, please contact Nutrition Services, Population and Public Health at PublicHealthNutrition@albertahealthservices.ca.