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Thursday, November 15 • 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Implementing Food Literacy Programs in Real Time: Unpacking what happens on the ground - COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING

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The purpose of this session is to share learnings in the delivery of food literacy programming in various community settings, including enablers and barriers for success, sustainability, and impact.

FoodFit – the key ingredients for a successful health literacy program for low-income participants
(Alissa Vietth) Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) are mid-way through a 5 year multi-sectoral partnership project to develop and deliver FoodFit programs through program delivery partner organizations across Canada by 2021. The overall objective of the program is to promote healthier lifestyles for low-income community members with a focus on health literacy, food skills, group physical activity, and social supports. This presentation will share some emerging evaluation results and important components of the program curriculum and delivery model that are helping thousands of Canadians eat healthier, move more, and make new friends.

Evaluation of the Community Food Advisory Program (Chwen Binkley)
The Community Food Advisor (CFA) program has been running in Hamilton since 1996. The Program supports the healthy food systems initiatives and food strategy goals. While the program is an anecdotal success there has not been a formal evaluation to determine whether the program achieves its goals and objectives. An evaluation was conducted to explore the views of the program participants, the stakeholders and the CFA volunteers regarding their experiences with the program and perceptions of the continued need for the program.

Only bite off what you can chew: Making food literacy evaluation work for you (Diana Chard)
Hastings Prince Edward Health has been offering food literacy classes since 2015. Cooking with the Basic Shelf is a six week series of classes intended for adults living on low incomes and/or with limited food skills. The goal of the classes is to increase the confidence of participants in the kitchen, encourage trying new foods and new recipes, and to develop food literacy. Since the classes began they have been evaluated and revised based on the evaluation. This presentation will share lessons learned from the evaluation process.

Food as Medicine: Farm as Therapy: A multi-disciplinary approach to planning food-based social enterprise for Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (Adeline Cohen)
The UHN Urban Farm social enterprise is inspired by the transformation of hospital food environments to foster healthy behaviours and by the changing philanthropic landscape in Canada. A 18-month feasibility study and business planning process involved patients, clinical and administrative staff of the University Health Network (UHN) in co-creating a social enterprise that is financially independent of hospital funding while creating opportunities for patients to engage in therapeutic gardening and cooking programs.  The project aims to improve patient transition into home and community care by supporting research and therapy geared toward improving physical and mental health of Toronto Rehab patients.

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Diana Chard

Registered Dietitian, Hastings & Prince Edward County Public Health
Diana Chard is a registered dietitian at Hastings Prince Edward Public Health. Her work focuses on promoting food literacy in the community. Over the past three years she has been responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating a number of food literacy programs, including... Read More →
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Adeline Cohen

Senior Fellow, Open Lab, University Health Network
Adeline Cohen is a Senior Fellow at OpenLab, a design and innovation shop dedicated to finding creative solutions that transform the way healthcare is delivered and experienced. Her experience includes projects focused on engaging patients, hospital staff and caregivers at the University... Read More →
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Chwen Binkley, RD

Public Health Dietitian, Hamilton Public Health Services
Chwen Binkley is a Public Health Dietitian with the City of Hamilton. Currently she is the Community Food Advisor Coordinator for the health unit. Chwen has worked on a wide variety of food skills projects with diverse people and community groups including children, adolescents... Read More →
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Alissa Vieth

Special Project Manager, FoodFit Program, Community Food Centres Canada
Alissa Vieth is the Special Project Manager for the FoodFit program at Community Food Centres Canada. As a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Public Health, she brings her knowledge and experience in health promotion and behavioural change to the program.

Thursday November 15, 2018 12:45pm - 1:45pm EST