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Thursday, November 15 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Getting practical about food literacy and how we communicate with clients/consumers - AT HOME

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In this session, attendees will hear from a variety of experts about food literacy initiatives for helping children and families eat well. 

Back to Basics: Increasing Family Food Literacy in 7 steps (Nishta Saxena)
We are spending time as Canadians doing EVERYTHING except prepare food for ourselves and our families. We take a look at recent stats and reasons for this shift, such as social media influence, and discuss practical ways you can approach increasing your family’s food literacy starting today. Making time to help your family understand food systems, how to shop and prepare food and reduce food waste are life-skills. As parents and educators and nutrition professionals, sometimes all three, we must take on this responsibility; lets make it simple, fun and healthy.

Rainbow Food Explorers: A Colourful Sensory Approach to Food Education in Early Years 
(Janet Nezon, Rainbow Plate)
Join us for a taste of Rainbow Plate’s sensory-based food education programs for young children. Step into our colourful world to learn about the research evidence behind our approach, the key ingredients in what we do, and how food education can and should be woven throughout the fabric of early childhood experience.  

Associations between parental food literacy and fast food purchases among families with young children (Angela Wallace)
Approximately 60% of all food expenditures amongst Canadians come from foods, snacks, and beverages purchased at restaurants and fast food outlets. Food purchased at fast food outlets is typically calorie-dense and nutrient-poor, which may adversely impact health outcomes over time. Lower levels of food literacy, including meal preparation skills, food knowledge, food safety, and cooking confidence have been found to be associated with higher consumption of fast foods among adults. Our study assessed what food literacy factors are most predictive of the amount of the amount of money families with young children spend on fast food items.

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Janet Nezon, BSc, MHSc

Founder& Program Director, Rainbow Plate
Janet founded Rainbow Plate with a mission to translate theory into practice; to bring a vibrant and fresh approach to food education. Rainbow Plate’s colourful sensory-based approach has been woven into workshops and resources that inspire children, educators, parents and health... Read More →
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Nishta Saxena RD, MSc

Vibrant Nutrition, University of Toronto
Nishta Saxena is a Registered Dietitian, Paediatric and Family Nutritionist, founder of Vibrant Nutrition, and proud mama of two. Her expertise includes paediatric and family nutrition, along with chronic disease prevention and management. In her practice, Nishta helps families through... Read More →
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Angela Wallace MSc, RD

Project Coordinator, Family Food Skills Study, University of Guelph
Angela Wallace is a Registered Dietitian and Project Coordinator for the Family Food Skills Study (FFSS), a sub-study of the Guelph Family Health Study (GFHS) at the University of Guelph. FFSS is analyzing the associations between parental food skills and food purchasing patterns... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST