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Wednesday, May 11 • 10:10 - 10:30
Are healthy eating and body weights possible for children? Findings of a new Report Card on Healthy Food Environments and Nutrition for Children and Youth (Kim Raine, University of Alberta)

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Poor nutrition and obesity are major health concerns among Canada's children and youth. Do food environments support or hinder efforts to promote healthy eating and prevent obesity among young people?

This session presents the findings of Canada's first-ever Report Card on Healthy Food Environments and Nutrition for Children and Youth. The Report Card assesses how current environments and policies support or create barriers to improving children's dietary behaviours and body weights.   By assigning  grades of A through F to 41 indicators of policies and actions within 4 micro-environments (physical, communication, economic, social) and within the political macro-environment, the Report Card aims to increase public, practitioner and policymaker awareness of the relevance and status of food environments for children and youth, and to support and develop enhanced programming and policies in areas that require further action.  Participants will learn how the Report Card is a novel tool to monitor children's food environments and supportive policies, inform stakeholders, and engage discussion. Possibilities for creating local Report Cards through use of a tool kit and to enable action on childhood obesity will also be explored.


Moderators
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Lynn Roblin

Consultant, Nutrition Resource Centre

Speakers
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Kim Raine

Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta
My research program, Promoting Optimal Weights through Ecological Research (POWER) explores the social and environmental determinants of the emerging obesity epidemic. My team’s research explores the ways in which social conditions and people’s behaviours (particularly food and eating behaviours) interact to transmit obesity and chronic diseases through social means. Although my expertise is primarily in qualitative methods... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 10:10 - 10:30
Colony Ballroom

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