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Wednesday, May 11 • 11:15 - 12:15
Making healthy eating possible: Social justice, food prices, and access

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Making Healthy Eating Possible - A social justice issue?

It is often said that we seek to make "the healthy choice the easy choice." But is the healthy choice possible for all Ontarians? Could it be that current policies and environments favour healthy eating among certain individuals or groups while disadvantaging others? If so, what can we do about this? Join Dr. Catherine Mah as she explores these questions using the lens of health equity: equalizing health opportunities for all regardless of social status or circumstance. You will also learn how the concept of health equity impacts your work to transform the food environment and promote healthy eating.

Accessing healthy food in the modern lifestyle: The link between transportation, shopping habits and healthy eating


Eating a healthier diet is often not as simple as choosing to eat healthier foods. The pressures and demands of modern life require suitable and convenient access to healthy, affordable food to enable healthy food choices. When grocery stores and other vendors that sell healthy foods are not easily accessible by car, active transportation, or public transit, the ability to eat healthy is hindered. Furthermore, current transportation systems and policy may preclude certain groups of people to eat healthy. In this session, you will explore the intersection of transportation, time use, the food environment, and healthy eating. You will learn about the importance of considering transportation and shopping habits in your efforts to help clients and the public to eat healthy and transform the food environment.


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Catherine Mah

Assistant Professor, Memorial University Faculty of Medicine
Catherine L. Mah, MD FRCPC PhD leads the Food Policy Lab, a multidisciplinary program of research in the policy and practice of public health, with a focus on health-promoting innovations in the food system. Her work integrates population health intervention research and policy... Read More →
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Michael Widener

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto
Dr. Michael Widener is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto – St. George. His research generally explores the many complex interactions between health and transportation in cities, with much of his recent work focusing on... Read More →

Wednesday May 11, 2016 11:15 - 12:15 EDT
Colony Ballroom

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