Leadership Centre

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Enhancing leadership competencies, facilitating thoughtful discussion and examination of leadership issues for public health professionals.

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Community Food Advisor

Promoting safe and nutritious food selection, preparation and storage practices.

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Community Food Advisors work in their community to improve and promote safe and healthy food selection, preparation, and storage practices.

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Ontario Public Health Association

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Since 1949, OPHA has served as a catalyst for development in the Public Health sector.

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Nutrition Resource Centre

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"News in Brief" for June 21, 2019

Popular foods of the past that would never be eaten today

Plenty of food trends have wafted in and out of kitchens over the decades, with some foods becoming a staple spanning across generations while others simply disappear into the abyss to join the ever-growing pile of rejected dishes.These days avocado on toast and kale smoothies are taking reign in the food world, which is a far cry from the plain-old canned meats and frozen meals that were popular when Baby Boomers were growing up.

From McDonald's to Tim Hortons, fast food steps tentatively to sustainable packaging
BNN Bloomberg

Two McDonald's Canada restaurants will soon be testbeds for the company's greener packaging initiatives, serving wooden cutlery, paper straws and other recycling-friendly packaging. The fast-food giant's move is the latest in a wave of announcements from major chains pledging to reduce their reliance on plastic, but experts say the steps are small, often take a long time to expand nationally and, if not properly planned, will ultimately have a negligible impact.

Do "food deserts" explain the nutrition gap? Maybe not, say researchers

People with higher incomes eat healthier diets than people with low incomes. Why? Some people blame "food deserts" without grocery stores and, therefore, little access to fresh fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods. However, in a recent paper published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics suggests that only about 10% of the gap is due to a low supply of healthy food while the other 90% is due to consumer demand.

SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS: Canada’s first federal food policy is underwhelming
The Chronicle Herald

After more than two years of work and hearing from almost 45,000 Canadians, the Department of Agriculture and Agri-Food released its first ever food policy this week. A total of $134 million will be spent to support this five-year plan that centres around four major pillars: food security, health, environment, and the sustainable growth of the agriculture and food sector. These are noble goals, but the policy by itself is an affront to anyone who considers our agri-food sector to be the cornerstone of our economy.