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Food Literacy Strategies and Interventions: What are the barriers to implementation?

Date: March 7th, 2019

Location: Online

Unpacking Food Literacy

Barriers to Implementation Slides (PDF)

As interest in food literacy grows, public health and education research has expanded to explore its conceptualizations, attributes, and measurement. However, less is known about its implementation, and the range of factors that might promote or prevent food literacy’s uptake. An improved understanding of these factors is key to developing and evaluating impactful educational interventions that will empower individuals to make informed choices about food and nutrition.

In this webinar, Emily Truman from the University of Calgary will explore food literacy interventions from the perspective of implementation–specifically, the factors that may limit uptake–in order to shed light on how to improve the promotion of food literacy skills.  We will also hear from Erin Beagle, Executive Director of Roots to Harvest, who will share her insights and experiences addressing barriers while implementing food literacy programs in children and youth. By attending this session, you will:

  1. Hear about the methodology used to identify barriers, and the findings of a comprehensive review of existing literature;
  2. Learn about the specific barriers to implementing food literacy at the individual, school and community level;
  3. Explore (and provide valuable feedback about) where these barriers intervene in the relationship between food knowledge, food attitudes and food behaviours, in order to better understand how to reduce their impact and promote food literacy.


Emily Truman

Emily Truman is a postdoctoral scholar in Critical Food Communication & Health at the University of Calgary, and a member of the Food, Policy & Health research initiative. Emily’s program of health communication research investigates the theoretical and practical implications of food literacy as a means to promote improved health and wellness. Theoretical considerations include conceptual frameworks (including intersections with health literacy, nutrition literacy, and media literacy), while practical implications center on intervention implementation and program evaluation.

Erin Beagle

Erin Beagle is the Executive Director for ‘Roots to Harvest’, a youth and food focused not-for-profit organization in Thunder Bay. Through Roots to Harvest, Erin has been involved with provincial conversations and advocacy around food literacy, youth employment, food access, urban agriculture, food procurement and municipal food strategies for the past 7 years. With a background in community capacity building, Erin sees Roots to Harvest’s role in local food procurement as one that can push some boundaries and bring the different sectors together to solve problems. Erin sits on the board of directors of Sustain Ontario, plays an active role in the Ontario Edible Education Network and an advisor for the Thunder Bay & Area Food Strategy. She has an active young family and can usually be found with dirt under her fingernails and wearing rubber boots under the boardroom tables.


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