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Afternoon Plenary [clear filter]
Thursday, November 15
 

3:00pm

Creating Environments to support food literacy in populations: examples from Eat, Play, Live Project
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.

Food literacy in populations can be supported by creating healthy food environments. Healthy food environments can help enable people to practice their food literacy knowledge and skills. Using examples from a practice-based research study in recreation facilities, Eat Play Live, this presentation reviews why environmental approaches to food literacy are an important and how we influenced food literacy and food environments in a community setting through a capacity-building intervention.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Prowse

Rachel Prowse

Applied Public Health Science Specialist in Healthy Eating and Food Environments, Public Health Ontario
Rachel Prowse is a registered dietitian and the Applied Public Health Science Specialist in Healthy Eating and Food Environments at Public Health Ontario. She is completing her PhD in Health Promotion and Sociobehavioural Sciences at the University of Alberta and is supported by a... Read More →



Thursday November 15, 2018 3:00pm - 3:10pm
COLONY BALLROOM

3:10pm

Exploring family-based strategies to shift attitudes, social norms and the food environment
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.

The Guelph Family Health Study is a family-based study designed to identify early life predictors of chronic disease and examine the influence of interventions and policies on health behaviours among families with young children.  In this session, Dr. Haines will:
  1. Highlight the Integrated Knowledge Translation (iKT) strategies used to engage key knowledge users, i.e., parents, health professionals and policy makers, in the development and implementation of the Guelph Family Health Study, and
  2. Describe the strategies used to enhance food literacy among the parents and children participating in the study.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Jess Haines

Dr. Jess Haines

Associate Professor, Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph
Jess Haines, PhD, MHSc, RD is an Associate Professor of Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. Dr. Haines’s research aims to bridge epidemiologic research on the determinants of health behaviours with the design, implementation, and evaluation of family-based interventions... Read More →



Thursday November 15, 2018 3:10pm - 3:30pm
COLONY BALLROOM

3:30pm

Developing SmartAPPetite for Youth: Using Smartphone Technology to Improve Food Literacy, Food Purchasing, and Diet of Teens
SESSION TITLE: 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.

Diet quality is a modifiable risk factor for several critical health conditions. To promote healthier eating among Canadians, our multidisciplinary collaboration developed a novel smartphone app called SmartAPPetite which provides users with credible information about local foods (e.g., seasonality, nutrition, preparation, vendors) to ‘nudge’ users to make healthier, smarter choices about what they buy and consume.

This presentation will report on:
  1. The background research (e.g., focus groups, pilot studies, food environment audits) informing the development of SmartAPPetite,
  2. findings of a pilot intervention study with adolescents in London, Ontario, and
  3. ongoing research.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Gilliland

Jason Gilliland

Director of the Urban Development Program and Professor in the Departments of Geography, Paediatrics, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario
Jason Gilliland, PhD, is Director of the Urban Development Program and Professor in the Departments of Geography, Paediatrics, and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, and School Health Studies at Western University. He is also a Scientist with the Children's Health Research Institute and... Read More →


Thursday November 15, 2018 3:30pm - 3:50pm
COLONY BALLROOM

3:50pm

Why Age-Appropriate & Inclusive Language Matters
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.

Speakers
avatar for Amy MacDonald

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
COLONY BALLROOM