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Applying Dietetic Expertise and Skill to Land Use Planning in Peel

Date: November 14th, 2019

This presentation discusses how registered dietitians anticipated and planned for an opportunity to apply nutrition expertise to land use planning policy, a process typically considered outside of the scope of dietetic practice. Through undertaking a research review, policy and data analysis, the dietitians supported Regional planning partners by contributing the best available evidence related to urban agriculture to inform relevant amendments to the Region’s Official Plan.

About the Presenters:

Emily St. Aubin is a Public Health Nutritionist at the Region of Peel – Public Health. As a member of the Built Environment team, Emily supports initiatives that aim to improve the community nutrition environment in Peel. Emily was drawn to public health nutrition practice due to an interest in population-level solutions to health promotion and disease prevention. She has a BScFN in Nutrition and Dietetics from Brescia University College and a MHSc in Nutrition Communication from Ryerson University.

Sandra Fitzpatrick has worked at the Region of Peel in Public Health for 11 years in various roles within the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention division. Currently, Sandra is manager of the Research, Policy and Planning team, and the Built Environment team. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds a Master of Health Science in Community Nutrition.


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