Healthy lifestyles Nutrition


Healthy eating is important for physical, mental and social health. It's a pattern of eating that allows for positive relationships with food, and diverse and balanced food choices can meet your body's needs for nutrients and energy while also being a joyful experience. Spending time together cooking meals and snacks and taking the time to sit down and enjoy them with family or friends is a key part of healthy eating. 

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 many of their services are free.

Contact a dietitian today:

Woodstock General Hospital
519-421-4233 ext. 2126
Limited availability, physician referrals only

Diabetes Education Centre
519-421-4233 ext. 2126
Registered Dietitians available by self-referral or physician referral

Alexandra Hospital, Ingersoll
519-485-1700 ext. 8227
Limited availability, physician referrals only

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

Oxford County Community Health Centre
35 Metcalfe St., Woodstock
Free individual appointments, group cooking classes

Thames Valley Family Health Team (Woodstock Office)
Free nutrition counselling available to patients part of the Family Health Team. Call your doctor to see if you are part of the Family Health Team patient list. 

Zehrs Registered Dietitian 
Woodstock & Tillsonburg store locations
Fee for individual appointments; group tours and classes are free

Telehealth Ontario
Get free advice from a registered dietitian on nutrition and healthy eating by phone.

Dietitians of Canada
For more nutrition information, go to

Visit Dietitians of Canada to locate a Registered Dietitian in your community


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.