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Event – Research to Practice Forum Community Food Action, Addressing Food Security in British Columbia, Canada – 14 Feb

Posted in Events, Research by Ferne Edwards on January 25th, 2008

DATE – Thursday 14 February 2008, 9:30am- 11am
REGISTRATION FEE – Free
Places are limited; RSVP must be received by Thursday 7 February 2008
VENUE – VicHealth, Ground Floor, 15 – 31 Pelham Street, Carlton South. Melway Ref: 2B, F9

This Forum is an opportunity to learn how research can inform policy to promote food security and a sustainable food system in British Columbia (BC), Canada. The speaker is Associate Professor Aleck Ostry.

Dr Ostry currently holds a Canada Research Chair in the Social Determinants of Community Health and is a Senior Scholar with the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, BC, Canada. He holds Masters degrees in History and Health Services Planning and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and has published a book titled Nutrition Policy in Canada, 1870-1939, UBC Press, 2006.

Dr Ostry specialises in population health and the social determinants of health and has an active research program on food and nutrition policy. Currently, Dr Ostry advises BCs Regional Health Authorities on ways to work with communities to evaluate food security projects in relation to their potential impact on health. He is initiating a comparative food security and nutrition policy investigation with researchers in Australia as part of his ongoing program of research on public health nutrition. He also investigates the determinants of Canadians diet and has partnered with the Ministries of Education and Health to survey all BC schools to assess the extent of “junk food” food sales and nutrition policy development in the
education system. At present he is working with Department of Agriculture to map agricultural activity in the province in order to promote links between sustainable food production and health eating.

Registration: (Fee Free) RSVP by Thursday 7 February 2008. Please complete and email to aleck @vichealth.vic.gov.au or Fax attention: Serrin Cooper to 9667 1375.
For further details on content contact: Lee Choon Siauw, Phone: (03) 9667 1351 Email: lcs @vichealth.vic.gov.au

VicHealth Forum 14 February

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