Upcoming webinar – How does food insecurity relate to health and what are the implications for health care providers? (May 18/17 1:00-2:30 EST)

Upcoming webinar - How does food insecurity relate to health and what are the implications for health care providers? (May18/17 1:00-2:30 EST)

On May 18, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST, PROOF is co-hosting the third and final webinar in their series with Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC). To see recordings of the first two, visit: http://proof.utoronto.ca/resources/webinar/#past

Register today at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6830617413940098051. A recording of the webinar will be available afterwards.

Upcoming webinar – How does food insecurity relate to health and what are the implications for health care providers?

Please join PROOF and CDPAC for the final webinar in their series on household food insecurity. In this webinar, we will examine evidence of the impact of food insecurity on individuals’ mental and physical health and the financial burden food insecurity poses for our healthcare system. Although food insecurity is associated with dietary compromise, its effects on health extend beyond those associated with poor nutrition. We will discuss the complex relationship between food insecurity and health, considering the evidence of a bidirectional relationship for some conditions and disentangling the relation between food insecurity and malnutrition. Finally, we will examine the implications of this body of research for practice, particularly considering the challenges that arise in providing care to patients who are experiencing food insecurity.

Presenters:
Valerie Tarasuk, PhD, Professor, University of Toronto and PROOF principal investigator
Lynn McIntyre, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, FCAHS, Professor Emerita, University of Calgary and PROOF investigator
Carlota Basualdo-Hammond, MSc, MPH, RD, Executive Director, Nutrition Services, Alberta Health Services

Upcoming webinar – Who is vulnerable to household food insecurity and what does this mean for policy and practice? (April 13/17 1:00-2:30 EST)

Upcoming webinar - Who is vulnerable to household food insecurity and what does this mean for policy and practice? (April 13/17 1:00-2:30 EST)

On April 13, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST, PROOF is co-hosting a webinar with Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) on what drives vulnerability to household food insecurity in Canada

Register today at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7992737431982570755. A recording of the webinar will be available afterwards.

Who is vulnerable to household food insecurity and what does this mean for policy and practice?

Please join PROOF and CDPAC for a second webinar on household food insecurity. In this webinar, we will delve into the question of what drives vulnerability to household food insecurity in Canada. Drawing on the wealth of Canadian data collected during more than a decade of food insecurity monitoring, we will examine the social and economic circumstances of food insecure households and look at what has been found to underpin changes in household food insecurity status over time. We will also discuss the relationship between food insecurity and health, considering the evidence of a bidirectional relationship for some conditions. The interpretation of these findings by Dietitians of Canada in their recent Position Statement and Recommendations – Addressing Household Food Insecurity in Canada will also be shared as a platform for policy and practice recommendations.

Presenters:
Valerie Tarasuk, PhD, Professor, University of Toronto and PROOF principal investigator
Lynn McIntyre, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, FCAHS, Professor Emerita, University of Calgary and PROOF investigator
Pat Vanderkooy, MSc, RD, Public Affairs Manager, Dietitians of Canada

Upcoming: Food Banks? A Panel Discussion – Toronto, Ontario (April 6, 2017)

Banner: Food Banks. What do they do now? What can they do in the near future? What can’t they do? What can we do?


UPDATE: The panel discussion will now also be livestreamed at: https://ryecast.ryerson.ca/78/live/1601.aspx, starting at 7:00pm ET. A recording of the event will also be available afterwards.


Thursday, April 6, 2017
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Ryerson University, 80 Gould Street, Rogers Communications Centre, RCC204

Join as a panel of outstanding experts and activists talk through the complex pros, cons, and to-dos of food banks. All points of view welcomed and respected.

Welcome by:
Fiona Yeudall, Director, Ryerson Centre for Studies in Food Security

Chaired by:
Councillor Joe Mihevc, Chair, Toronto Board of Health

With guest panelists:
Andy Fisher, Author of the controversial new book from MIT Press: Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups. Available April 21, 2017. Pre-order the book now from Amazon.ca
Valerie Tarasuk, Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, Principal Investigator, PROOF
Cecilia Rocha, Director, Ryerson School of Nutrition
Ryan Noble, Executive Director, North York Harvest Food Bank
Merryn Maynard, Program Coordinator, Meal Exchange

Closing Remarks by:
Melana Roberts, Chair, Toronto Youth Food Policy Council

Hosted by:
Ryerson University’s School Of Nutrition and Centre For Studies in Food Security
Endorsed by:
New College Global Food Equity Initiative, North York Harvest Food Bank, Toronto Food Policy Council, Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, Stop Community Food Centre

Poster: Food Banks. What do they do now? What can they do in the near future? What can’t they do? What can we do?

Upcoming webinar – Food Insecurity Measurement in Canada: Interpreting the Statistics (Feb 8/17 1:00-2:30 EST)

Upcoming webinar - Food Insecurity Measurement in Canada: Interpreting the Statistics (Feb 8/17 1:00-2:30 EST)

On February 8, 2017 from 1:00 – 2:30 pm EST, PROOF is co-hosting a webinar with Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) on food insecurity measurement and statistics. For more information and to register, please visit: http://www.cdpac.ca/content.php?doc=369. A recording of the webinar will be available afterwards.

Food Insecurity Measurement in Canada: Interpreting the Statistics

Food insecurity – the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints – is increasingly recognized as a serious public health problem. Since 2005, household food insecurity has been systematically monitored in Canada through the Canadian Community Health Survey run by Statistics Canada.

The growing use of these data by public health, community agencies, research centres, and social policy groups has been critical in building awareness and understanding of the problem of food insecurity. However, inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the reporting of data on food insecurity mask the scale and severity of this problem. The accurate and effective use of Canada’s monitoring data hinges on a clear understanding of what exactly is being measured on the Canadian Community Health Survey, what it means, and how to interpret the food insecurity statistics available on Statistics Canada’s website (CANSIM). Anyone interested in using food insecurity statistics or learning about how food insecurity is monitored in Canada is encouraged to join.

Presenters:
Valerie Tarasuk, PhD – Professor at University of Toronto and principal investigator of PROOF
Suzanne Galesloot, MSA, RD – Public Health Nutrition Provincial Lead at Alberta Health Services
Tracy Woloshyn, RD – Public Health Nutritionist at York Region Public Health