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NRC 2016 Forum: Healthy Eating in Today’s Food Environment . . . Is It Possible?

Date: May 11, 2016 @ 08:30AM - 04:00PM

We live in a challenging food environment. Unhealthy food is everywhere: in our local supermarkets, our children’s schools, our workplaces, restaurants, and entertainment venues. These foods are often cheaper, more accessible and attractive than healthier options. Eating a healthy diet can be an uphill struggle for many Canadians in such an environment. Can this be changed? Can we create healthier food environments? How can we promote healthy eating among the public and our clients?

The Nutrition Resource Centre held a forum on May 11, 2016 to explore how we can help the public navigate the current food environment and transform it to promote healthy eating. You can view an eBook with highlights, links to presentation slides and posters, and expert insights here.

The NRC forum was held in conjunction with the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health’s 2016 Nutrition Exchange conference.

About Nutrition Exchange 2016
Novotel Hotel Toronto Centre l May 12 – 13, 2016

Topics include: food security and basic income guarantee, media literacy, framing, mental health, and food psychology

Conference eBook

Check out the Forum eBook for a summary of presentations, key learnings, links to presentation slides, posters and resources from the day!


  • What is a “healthy” food environment?
  • Helping the public navigate a challenging food environment
  • State of Ontario’s food environment
  • Current science on food environment and diet-related health outcomes
  • Evidence-based approaches to transforming the food environment
  • Improving access to healthy foods
  • Assessing the food environment
  • Working with the private sector to promote healthy eating and create healthier food environments
  • Successes and challenges from local initiatives to transform the food environment


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