In partnership with Mehak, Kelly & Associates, LSI Inc. was retained by the County of Oxford Public Health Unit to present approaches, policies, and actions to facilitate the provision of healthier foods in indoor and outdoor recreation spaces in Oxford County.
A healthier food assessment included a literature review to gain an understanding of the range of policies that can increase the provision of healthier foods, a workshop to identify existing
efforts in food provision and to identify preliminary challenges, and a Healthy Eating resident survey to understand patron attitudes towards existing food options available to them at local recreation centres. A report was developed presenting approaches, policies, and actions to facilitate the provision of healthier foods in indoor and outdoor recreation spaces in Oxford County. Since the completion of the report, Oxford Public Health is now working with Blandford-Blenheim and Zorra Townships to offer healthy eating options at community centres in Plattsville, Thamesford and Embro.
An affordable recreation assessment included the development of a county-wide, collaborative approach to improving affordable access to recreation for physical activity. Project components included community engagement workshops with residents representing vulnerable populations. The project identified improvements to services and programming to improve access and participation.