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Morning Plenary 2 [clear filter]
Thursday, November 15

10:30am EST

SESSION TITLE: Unpacking the Potential for Policy Initiatives to Advance Food Literacy for All
In this session, attendees will hear about policies, tools and resources at various levels (e.g., federal, provincial, municipal and other organizational settings) targeted to consumers and health intermediaries that impact food literacy.

Thursday November 15, 2018 10:30am - 10:30am EST

10:30am EST

Population-level food literacy policies and interventions
This presentation will provide a mix of scientific findings, evidence-informed recommendations, and practical considerations about population-level food literacy interventions and conducting research with government stakeholders. Specifically, the presentation will examine:
  1. The national policy landscape in Canada as it pertains to food literacy and opportunities to evaluate the impacts on dietary practices. (Vanderlee)
  2. Findings from the Skills Study evaluating a mass media campaign to promote food literacy. Recommendations for cross-sector partnerships and impacts of the Eat Well Campaign (Food Skills) on Canadian parents will be discussed. (Fernandez)

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Melissa Fernandez

PhD Candidate, Université Laval
Melissa Fernandez is a member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and is the Associate editor / French Editor for the Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research. Melissa has contributed to international research projects in Barbados and Ghana and has worked... Read More →
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Dr. Lana Vanderlee

CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto
Dr. Lana Vanderlee is a CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto. Her research interests broadly examine the impact of food environment policies and interventions on diet and health behaviours. Her current postdoctoral... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 10:30am - 11:05am EST

11:05am EST

Educating for Children’s Health: Media Literacy and Food Marketing
SESSION TITLE: Unpacking the Potential for Policy Initiatives to Advance Food Literacy for All

Facing an increasingly complex food environment, children find it difficult to evaluate the health aspects of food packaging. Media literacy programs aim to teach children to identify, assess and evaluate messages from various sources, and this talk argues for a combination of media literacy and nutrition literacy in order to understand packaged foods. Detailing some of the challenges children face in understanding packaged foods, Dr. Elliot will present some key content modules from two evidence-based Media Literacy & Food Marketing Lesson Plans developed for elementary and junior high school children, and discuss the need and implications for such programming.

  1. Communicate the value of, and evidence base for, Media Literacy and Food Marketing education for children
  2. Detail the gaps of knowledge children and adolescents demonstrate when interpreting interpret packaged food products, and outline some of the key content modules from the evidence-based Media Literacy &Food Marketing Lesson plans
  3. Briefly outline evaluation protocol for the lesson plans

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Dr. Charlene Elliot

Professor of Communications and Canada Research Chair in Food Marketing, Policy and Children's Health, University of Calgary
Charlene Elliott, PhD, is Professor of Communication at the University of Calgary and holds the Canada Research Chair in Food Marketing, Policy and Children's Health. Dr. Elliott has published extensively on food marketing, promotion and policy, and has edited several books, including How... Read More →

Thursday November 15, 2018 11:05am - 11:45am EST