The Canadian Diet: An opportunity for improved health via our food system


  1. Discuss linkages between dietary guidance and the food system, and what a Canadian Diet could/should be comprised of based on scientific  evidence.
  2. Explore the future of dietary guidance in Canada, and influence of emerging areas including personalized nutrition.
  3. Determine elements to include in future (5, 10, 20 years) iterations of food and health policy in Canada, and the research questions to prioritize to gather the data needed to address these elements.
  4. Determine barriers and opportunities for the Canadian Diet.
  5. Report outcomes of the workshop with the publication of a paper.

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THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 - 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
8:30 AM Welcome and History of Food for Health 
David Ma, PhD, CNS-President and Dr. Jim House CNS-President-elect/Conference Chair
8:45 AM Food for Health Survey - Pre-Workshop Results 
Jim House, PhD, CNS VP-Research/CNS President-elect
9:10 AM What are Canadians Eating? Insights from the 2015 CCHS
Mary L'Abbé, PhD, University of Toronto
9:50 AM A Healthy Happy Home
Isabel Morales, Nielsen
10:30 AM Break
10:50 AM What could a Canadian diet look like?
Catherine Chan, PhD, University of Alberta
11:30 PM Personalized Nutrition vs. Dietary patterns: Are we ready to personalize diets?
David Mutch, PhD, University of Guelph 
12:15 PM Lunch - A Canadian Diet Buffet
1:00 PM Linking dietary guidance and the Canadian food system
Harvey Anderson, PhD, University of Toronto
1:40 PM Interactive Panel discussion
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Supporting Food Innovation to Enhance the Canadian Diet
Dan Ramdath, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
2:55 PM Health Eating Pattern Development Proposed Methodology
Hasan Hutchinson, Health Canada
3:15 PM Breakout Group Discussions
4:00 PM Report Back
4:15 PM Workshop Conclusions
David Ma and Jim House 
4:30 PM Adjournment - CNS Annual Conference Opening Reception

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