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Evolution of Food Skills to Food Literacy

Evolution of Food Skills to Food Literacy

This session will provide an overview of the evolution of food skills to food literacy. It will also explore food literacy definitions and conceptual models. Using the findings of the Locally Driven Collaborative Project (LDCP) and other research, Elsie will discuss barriers and best approaches to food literacy programming, specifically for young adults and at-risk populations. This session will also provide a forum to discuss the need for common indicators and evaluation tools to measure the impact of food literacy initiatives.

Learning objectives
  • Inform stakeholders about evolution from food skills to food literacy, definitions, conceptual models, indicators, outcomes, etc.
  • Inform stakeholders about food literacy/food skills research and evaluation (e.g. LDCP/OSNPPH)


Elsie Azevedo Perry, M.Sc., RD, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit

Elsie Azevedo has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta and a Master of Science from the University of Saskatchewan specializing in Community/Public Health Nutrition. She has worked in public health for 15 years and is currently the Public Health Nutritionist at the Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge District Health Unit. She has been involved in conducting research and evaluation in food skills, food security, school nutrition programs and the social determinants of health. She also is coordinates and evaluates community based nutrition programs and communication campaigns.  She is currently a Co-Chair of the OSNPPH Food Literacy Working Group.

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