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3-Part Series - Food Environment Assessment: Linking Evidence to Policy Action

3-Part Webinar Series - Food Environment Assessment: Linking Evidence to Policy Action

The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) hosted a 3-part webinar series in collaboration with Health Canada‚Äôs Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Dr. Leia Minaker of University of Waterloo, and Dr. Catherine Mah of Memorial University. The webinars will introduce a number of tools, including 1) a Food Environment Assessment Manual produced by Health Canada in collaboration with the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Group on Nutrition, and 2) a CIHR-funded research project, FRESH-IT: Food Retail Environments Shaping Health Intervention Toolkit. 

The Food Environment Manual is being piloted across Canada between March 2016 and March 2017, including in communities part of FRESH-IT. An overview of pilot community projects was shared in Part 2 of the webinar series. 

Please find below, a description for each webinar, links to webinar slides, recordings, and supplementary materials.
  • Part 1a, An Introduction to the Health Canada Food Environment Assessment Manual was held on March 8th, 2016. The webinar provides a high-level overview of the manual and to help pilot participants start thinking about how they will apply the manual to assess retail food environments in their community.
  • Part 1b, Health Canada Food Environment Assessment Manual: Implementation and Engaging Stakeholders was held on March 24th, 2016. The purpose of the webinar was to discuss any challenges that might have arisen, the knowledge translation component of the manual, and additional resources available to communities. 
  • Part 2, Linking Evidence to Policy Action on the Retail Food Environment was held on April 7th, 2016. The FRESH-IT Evidence Application Guide and the Policy Readiness Tool were introduced. In this webinar we looked at specific case studies and examples of retail food environment actions, discussed policy readiness and introduced the soon-to-be-launched FRESH-IT website.

If you have comments or questions, please contact CDPAC at admin@cdpac.ca.