A new health unit to serve our communities better – We are working to update the information on this page to reflect our new organization as Southwestern Public Health. Currently this information reflects Elgin St. Thomas area only. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For information about Oxford County area programs and services, please call 1-800-922-0096.
Elgin St. Thomas Public Health encourages society and individuals to re-think their approach to physical activity, healthy eating and weight.
- Read ESTPH’s Position Statement: Healthy Weights Philosophy and Approach
For decades there has been a focus on dieting, weight and appearance. This focus does not work and, in fact, causes harm to self-esteem and mental wellness while perpetuating weight bias and weight stigma.
Instead, we encourage and support all Elgin residents, regardless of size and shape, to focus on the healthy behaviours that they can do to get and stay healthy. Everyone can improve their health and reduce their risk of disease and injury by making healthy choices. This change in approach is especially important to raising healthy and happy kids.
Parents, teachers, child care professionals, and healthcare providers can all support a healthier and more positive approach while preventing weight bias. Read on to see how you can start a new conversation.
- A Tool for Everyone Working With Children & Youth
- Weight Bias and Stigma (UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity)
Video: “Weight Bias at Home and School” (UConn Rudd Centre for Food Policy & Obesity)
- A Tool for Every Teacher
- Weight Bias and Stigma - Schools and Educators (UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity)