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Getting Started: How to promote healthy eating in your recreation setting

Date: May 25th, 2017

Location: Online

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Getting Started with Healthy Eating in your Recreation Setting

Recreation facilities can provide a healthy, supportive environment that offers opportunities for both active living and making healthier food choices. However, creating healthy recreation food environments can be challenging and it may be difficult to know where to start. In this webinar, you will be introduced to a new resource developed in collaboration with the Nutrition Resource Centre and the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health’s Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings Workgroup to help communities build healthier food environments in recreation spaces. This resource outlines specific actions recreation facilities can take to create healthy policies, develop request for proposals or contract processes and build a business case to promote healthy eating. You will also learn key lessons and practical tips from three Ontario communities, including two Healthy Kids Community Challenge communities, who are taking action to increase access to healthier food and beverage options in recreation spaces. 

Donna Smith is a Registered Dietitian and Policy and Program Consultant for the Nutrition Resource Centre. Donna’s primary responsibilities include stakeholder engagement, knowledge translation, consultation and support for policy and programs across Ontario, research and resource development. Amongst her portfolio at NRC, some of Donna’s main projects include:  the MOHLTC’s Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the MOHLTC’s Diabetes Prevention Program/Primary Care Diabetes Prevention Program and policy consultation, including Bill 45, Making Healthier Choices Act, 2015. Donna holds a BA Sc. in Nutrition and Food with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Food Security from Ryerson University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Saskatchewan.

Ellen Gregg has worked at the Region of Waterloo since 2007 as a Public Health Nutritionist in the areas of adult and workplace health. Ellen has worked extensively on the relationship between healthy eating, physical activity and mental health, and the influence of the food environment on the health of individuals. Ellen has been the co-chair of the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health – Workplace Nutrition Advisory Group since its inception in 2010. Ellen completed her undergraduate degree at Ryerson University, her Masters of Science in Applied Human Nutrition at Guelph University and her dietetic internship at Hamilton Health Sciences.

Katie Neil is a Registered Dietitian working for Oxford County Public Health and a sessional faculty member in the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences at Brescia University. Katie completed a Masters of Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph in 2013 and is now completing the Masters of Public Health program through the University of Waterloo. Katie is a member of the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health – Healthy Eating in Recreation Settings Working Group (HERSWG) and she has enjoyed submerging herself in local recreation food environment initiatives and provincial advocacy efforts over the past 3 years.

Nadine Devin is a Registered Dietitian and Project Manager for the County of Middlesex Healthy Kids Community Challenge. Nadine’s primary responsibility includes collaborating with multi-sectorial partners across all 8 municipalities in the County of Middlesex in planning, implementing and evaluating initiatives that aim to create supportive environments that enable healthy behaviours in children. Prior to this position with the County of Middlesex, Nadine worked in primary care overseeing healthy kid’s projects in addition to individual counselling, as well as several years working in Public Health. Nadine holds a BA Sc. In Nutritional Science from University of Guelph and a Masters in Health Sciences from the University of Toronto.


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