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The New Canada’s Food Guide is Released!
Nathalie Savoie, CEO of Dietitians of Canada, attended the launch of Canada’s new Food Guide in Montreal today. The updated food guide, shown as a plate model, provides information on food choices, eating habits, recipes, tips and provides a suite of resources for consumers and professionals. The emphasis is on plant-based foods and their health and environmental benefits. The guide focuses equally on WHAT and HOW to eat and no longer suggests portion sizes.
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Family Meals and Teen Diets
Teens Who Eat Meals with Family 'Have Healthier Diets' is a recent Behind the Headlines posting from the National Health Services (NHS) in the U.K. Research was conducted at the University of Guelph in Canada; Amherst College, Harvard Medical School and Brown University in the U.S.; and Loughborough University in the U.K. The study results showed, "not only do families with lower levels of family functioning participate in frequent family meals, but that family dinners are associated with improved dietary intake, regardless of level of family functioning". See Additional Content: Healthy Lifestyle - Eating Together Knowledge Pathway. Watch for updates to this PEN® content soon.
The Science and Politics of Nutrition Series - The History of Nutrition Science
The BMJ has launched a series of open access, peer-reviewed articles under the title, Food for Thought - The Science and Politics of Nutrition. The series covered a variety of controversial nutrition topics where there are uncertainties in the evidence and debate among experts. The articles aim to bring together a wide range of viewpoints and to discuss the areas of consensus and uncertainty as well as how to move forward with research, policy and guidelines for practitioners. The first article of the series describes the history of nutrition science and how this history has formed our current understanding of
diet and health as well as the current controversies that we deal with every day.
Note: This is the first article in the launch of a series of articles. We will post other appropriate articles in the coming weeks and months. These articles cover topics ranging from the role of carbohydrates in chronic disease to the quality of dietary guidelines. The complete collection of articles can be downloaded from Food for Thought.
Federal Government Mandate
On November 13th the federal government released their ministerial mandate letters. Key points related to public health nutrition in the Minister of Health letter can be found at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/minister-health-mandate-letter