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Food Literacy & Health


July 16th at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST. Tune in for a free one hour long webinar.

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Food literacy plays a key role in individual and family health in Canada by supporting healthier choices in diet/nutrition. In this webinar Elsie Azevedo, M.Sc., RD Public Health Nutritionist will be discussing the Ontario Locally Driven Collaborative Research Project. Findings will be shared on the food skills categories identified, the conceptual models and definition for "food literacy" which can inform policy development as well as school-based and community-based programming. Elsie will also discuss the evidence-based evolution of the term food skills to "food literacy”.

Family Studies Department Head Diane O’Shea, M. Ed.,P.H.Ec., will be representing the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) discussing food skills in curriculum, community programs and opportunities to incorporate food literacy into practice.

Our speakers will include:

Elsie Azevedo M.Sc., RD, has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science from the University of Saskatchewan specializing in Community/Public Health Nutrition. She has spent the last 12 years working at the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit in Port Hope, Ontario and is currently a Public Health Nutritionist. In her role at the health unit she has been involved coordinating and evaluating community based nutrition programs and communication campaigns. She has been involved in conducting research in food security, school nutrition programs, food skills and the social determinants of health.

Diane O’Shea, M. Ed., P.H.Ec., is Family Studies (Social Sciences and Humanities) Department Head at Oakridge Secondary School, London and a Pre-service Instructor (Family Studies Education) in the Faculty of Education at Western University. A professional home economist and passionate teacher, Diane is recognized for curriculum writing in various capacities including textbook and resource development. In 2009, she was presented the Ontario Home Economics Association Founder’s Award for Home Economics excellence. In 2011 she received the Adelaide Hoodless Award of Excellence in Family Studies Education.

If you have any questions or concerns contact Andrea Villneff at andrea.villneff@ontariopork.on.ca.

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