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Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

The Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) helps pregnant women and new parents make healthy choices for their babies, which give them the best chance to start healthy lives.

CPNP’s goals are to make sure that babies:

  • are healthy at birth
  • are breastfed
  • start to eat healthy solid foods at 6 months of age

CPNP is for all women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. CPNP is also for parents and caregivers who have infants up to one year old, including parents who adopt babies less than one year old. Other people who are supporting pregnant or breastfeeding women, including partners, spouses and friends, are also invited to attend CPNP meetings.

Programs and Funding

CPNP is funded by Health Canada and managed by the Government of Nunavut. It offers funding for programs in communities across the territory and supports projects that help babies and mothers in ways that take into account Nunavut’s unique culture and values.

CPNP encourages women to come together in a supportive environment and learn about healthy nutrition and healthy lifestyles during and after pregnancy.

CPNP programs can offer mothers:

  • education and tips about healthy shopping, cooking, and eating
  • access to healthy food by sharing meals and snacks that they can take home
  • breastfeeding education, tips and support
  • information and support on other topics that support healthy pregnancies and babies, such as physical activity, FASD, smoking and parenting

Please note: infant formula and diapers are not provided by CPNP.

CPNP also offers support and training opportunities to CPNP workers and health care professionals to make sure that they are giving the best, most culturally appropriate advice to mothers.

Previously Funded Programs

Some examples of projects supported by CPNP include:

  • Vitamin D Promotional Campaign
  • National Breastfeeding Week Challenge (October 1 to 7)
  • Distribution of free baby cereal to prevent Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • Parenting classes
  • Physical activity programs
  • Programs to help women quit smoking

Resources

Below are some additional tools and resources that will help you or your community group plan a CPNP project.

The CPNP Guidebook

This guidebook is a good reference for new staff, existing health workers and other stakeholders at the community level. The CPNP Guidebook describes the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, who it is for, and how funds can be spent. It gives examples of activities CPNP workers use in their programs and explains how to tell if a program is meeting the community’s needs.

Tools for Success

This toolkit is for CPNP workers. It contains over 100 tips and fresh ideas to help make a CPNP project a success.

CPNP Brochure

Contacts

For more information on CPNP projects or funding, please contact your Regional Wellness Programs Coordinator:

Baffin Regional Wellness Programs Coordinator
Pangnirtung
(867) 473-2689
Email

Kitikmeot Regional Wellness Programs Coordinator
Cambridge Bay
(867) 983-4500
Email

Kivalliq Regional Wellness Programs Coordinator
Rankin Inlet
(867) 645-2171
Email

Territorial CPNP Coordinator
Iqaluit
(867) 975-5700
Email

You may also contact your local hamlet office.

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