Eat Great and Participate Coordinator

July 24, 2023

Eat Great and Participate is a leading health promotion program advancing access to healthy foods and beverages in recreation, sport and community settings in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Eat Great and Participate is a program of Recreation NL supported and funded by the Recreation and Sport Division, Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation and the Public Health Division, Department of Health and Community Services. A Steering Committee, comprised of key stakeholders, provides guidance and support to the program.

The Eat Great and Participate Coordinator will:

  • Collaborate with a Steering Committee of key stakeholders to advance strategic directions and activities to support the goals and values of Eat Great and Participate. Key stakeholders include: Government of NL Departments of Tourism, Culture Arts and Recreation, and; Health and Community Services; Recreation NL; Sport NL; School Sports NL; Community Youth Networks; Regional Wellness Coalitions; NL Health Services (Regional Nutritionists and School Health Promotion Liaison Consultants); Aboriginal Sport and Recreation Circle of NL, and Food First NL.
  • Provide leadership and raise awareness of the importance of supportive environments for healthy eating in community, sport, and recreation settings, including support for the adoption and actioning of healthy eating policies, development, implementation and evaluation of programs and resources, and support for increased availability of healthy foods and beverages.
  • Consult with appropriate departments across all levels of Government regarding the development of new recreation, sport and community facilities to ensure healthy eating is supported through adequate space and equipment for food preparation and storage.
  • Collaborate with and support food service providers in recreation, sport, and community facilities and events to develop and implement healthier food and beverage offerings (e.g., conduct Making the Move to Healthy Choices workshops).
  • Develop partnerships across sectors to support collective action around improved access to healthy foods and beverages in community, sport, and recreation setting.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a robust communications plan to support the goals of Eat Great and Participate.
  • Update Eat Great and Participate resources with any new evidence or best practice in the field and develop new resources as needed.
  • Develop and conduct healthy eating presentations and workshops for recreation, sport, and community groups. This may include liaising with Registered Dietitians throughout the province.
  • Provide support to National, Provincial, and Regional Games organizers (e.g., Canada Games or NL Games) on healthy menu development and/or athlete resources.
  • Engage with Provincial Sport Organizations to further the goals of Eat Great and Participate and to support improved access to healthy foods and beverages in sport settings.
  • Prepare Quarterly Progress Reports and Budget Statements for program’s steering committee.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Registered Dietitian in good standing with the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Dietitians.
  • Strong understanding of community capacity building and health promotion strategies.
  • Understanding of the recreation, sport and community settings in NL.
  • Experience driving action on healthy eating initiatives.
  • Strong organization, coordination, and leadership abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills.
  • Effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience with evaluation would be considered an asset.
  • Efficient in Microsoft Work, Excel, and Power Point.
  • Experience with social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook)
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships.
  • Capacity to work independently with guidance and support provided by an oversight committee.
  • Travel throughout the province may be required.

Location: Recreation NL Office (Paradise, NL)

Duration: One year, with the option of extension

Application Deadline: August 4th, 2023

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