Nutrition, Food and Public Policy

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Although much of the research from this department has directly impacted food and nutrition policy, this is a core focus of several faculty members. Specifically, these research programs aim to generate research that can be used for evidence-based public health nutrition policy development and implementation. Examples of research activities in this area include (but are not limited to):

  • providing evidence to support food environment policies and interventions aimed at making the healthier food choice the easier choice, in areas such as:
    • nutrition labelling (e.g., health claims, front-of-package labelling, menu labelling);
    • marketing of foods and beverages to children; and
    • assessing the nutritional quality of packaged and restaurant foods;
  • measuring and evaluating the dietary intakes and patterns of the Canadian population using national nutrition surveys (e.g., the Canadian Community Health Survey - Nutrition);
  • investigating population health implications of food fortification and natural health products;
  • elucidating the scope and nature of food insecurity in Canada;
  • informing clinical guidelines (e.g., evidence of the impact of dietary interventions on diabetes and cardiovascular diseases);
  • evaluating the strength of the science behind Canadian food regulations, in collaboration with Health Canada and the Department's¬†Program in Food Safety, Nutrition and Regulatory Affairs).

Faculty Members Conducting Research in this Area

Dr. Harvey Anderson, Professor

Dr. JoAnne Arcand, Associate Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Catherine Birken, Professor (Status Only)

Ms. Beatrice Boucher, Assistant Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Anthony Hanley, Professor

Dr. Erin Hobin, Assistant Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Mary L'Abbe, Professor

Dr. Marie-Eve Labonte, Assistant Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Jonathon Maguire, Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Vasanti Malik, Assistant Professor

Dr. Monique Potvin Kent, Associate Professor (Status Only)

Dr. Daniel Sellen, Professor

Dr. John Sievenpiper, Associate Professor

Dr. Valerie Tarasuk, Professor