Taking Action to Create A Healthier Food Environment Conference

food conferene oct 30

The Nutrition Resource Centre is pleased to host a capacity-building workshop on the food environment at the OPHA 2015 Fall Forum!

| Chestnut Conference Centre (Giovanni Room), Toronto, ON


The Nutrition Resource Centre is pleased to host a capacity-building workshop on the food environment at the OPHA 2015 Fall Forum!

To create healthier food environments across Ontario by sharing knowledge, resources and tools to build capacity for research, policy and action at the local community level among health promotion professionals and community partners.

The vision for the day is to be participatory and interactive to ensure you will be able to apply the knowledge and skills gained in your own community. Be prepared to be open to sharing your experiences and to learn from others. Participants will also “sleuth the food environment” by taking a field trip to a nearby retail food outlet to assess the health of the local food environment.


  • The latest food environment research and initiatives to highlight opportunities for policy and projects to improve the food environment
  • How to engage in municipal planning, partnerships and the policy process
  • Tools and resources that will help you take action in your community


  • Food environment research in Canada
  • Food environment concepts and measures
  • Food deserts, food swamps, and media representation
  • The retail food environment
  • The Smart Cities, Healthy Kids initiative and other food environment projects
  • Resources and tools to assess the food environment, developed specifically for the Canadian context
  • A field trip to assess the local food environment
  • Engaging your community and creating multi-stakeholder, cross-sector collaborations/partnerships
  • Strategies for working with municipal players, planners and local community decision-makers


This workshop will support the work of those individuals actively involved in the promotion and/or planning of healthy communities, including:

  • Public and community health intermediaries
  • Urban planners and geographers
  • Local/regional decision-makers
  • Members of community organizations
  • Academics and researchers

* Due to limited space and to allow for equal opportunity, registration is limited to a maximum of TWO per organization


OPHA Member – $153
General – $170

* above prices do not include Eventbrite fees
* Discounts for Fall Forum registrants! Please register for the Forum first and you will receive a promotional discount code.


Leia Minaker PhD, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact, University of Waterloo

Rachel Engler-Stringer PhD, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan

Jason Gilliland PhD, Director and Professor, Urban Development Program, Department of Geography, Health Sciences and Paediatrics at the University of Western Ontario

Kim Bergeron PhD Health Promotion Consultant, By-law and Policy Development Health Promotion Capacity Building at Public Health Ontario