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Thursday, November 15 • 3:50pm - 4:10pm
Why Age-Appropriate & Inclusive Language Matters

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Unpacking innovative strategies to shift attitudes, social norms and the food environment
Food literacy is so much more than just food skills and cooking. Learn how different population-based strategies can help shift attitudes and social norms about food and healthy eating.

Concerns about unhealthy eating habits, have resulted in the framing of food literacy initiatives, aimed at reducing the burden of obesity and chronic disease. We make the argument for reframing food literacy to explicitly include the context of, not only our current food environment, but also of the weight-centred discourse and fat-phobic culture that influence food, nutrition and health messaging. Food literacy should be framed as a strategy to improve self-efficacy and confidence, to nurture our natural abilities with feeding and eating, and support mental health promotion through responsive feeding, age-appropriate developmental principles, and body positivity; not to address obesity.

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Amy MacDonald

Public Health Dietitian, Huron County Health Unit
Amy completed her undergrad at Brescia University College in 2007, masters and concurrent internship (MScFN) at Western in 2009. Since then she has been working as a public health dietitian at the Huron County Health Unit and works in a variety of different areas including family... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 3:50pm - 4:10pm EST