Nutrition Resource Centre Forum 2018: Registration & Call for Abstracts Open


Growing concerns about unhealthy eating habits, including consuming too many processed foods and beverages, and the lack of food literacy in children, youth and adults have inspired this year’s theme - Unpacking Food Literacy. Join the Nutrition Resource Centre at their 2018 forum as the latest research and tools are shared to help consumers make healthier food choices. 

At this event, you will learn:

  • how food literacy is defined and its components
  • the current state of food literacy and what programming is happening in Ontario and beyond
  • the latest research and strategies to impact and evaluate behavior change through food literacy programs, policies and interventions 

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to hear from and network with health professionals, service providers, educators, students, researchers, government decision makers and food literacy champions.

Preliminary program coming soon!

Check out their registration page if you're interested in attending here. Fees are outlined on the webpage and don't miss out on the early bird rates, which will run until Friday, August 31, 2018.

To see more information on how to submit an abstract, click here. The deadline for abstracts is Thursday, August 30, 2018.

If you've got any questions, feel free to contact

AllerGen CHILD Study Findings Connect Infant Sleep Duration with Cognitive and Language Skill Development


AllerGen CHILD Study researchers have found that infants who regularly sleep less than 12 hours total in a 24-hour period have poorer cognitive and language skills by two years of age compared to infants who sleep more.

“Short sleep duration and symptoms of Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB) ranging from snoring to sleep apnea have been associated with multiple health, learning and behavioural problems in children,” says Dr. Piush Mandhane, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Alberta and leader of the CHILD Study’s Edmonton site. “We were interested to find out if limited sleep time and sleep disruption affected cognitive and language development in preschool children. Our study found that short nighttime sleep was associated with a significant decrease in cognitive development using a standardized test of mental and motor development."

In a second study, Dr. Mandhane and the team of CHILD researchers identified four distinct types of SDB that occur in infants, along with unique risk factors associated with each.

Both studies were published in the August 2018 issue of Sleep Medicine.

For the complete story, check out the official press release here

First-ever comprehensive Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder database developed by CanFASD

The Canada Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Research Network (CanFASD) is launching the only comprehensive Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) database in the world, providing key insight into the profile of individuals with FASD as well as Canada’s first-ever national prevalence statistics.

CanFASD can now get real-time data from clinics across Canada, helping inform policy and practice at a national level. Information from the database will also provide data back to each of the diagnostic clinics to help them inform and support their own work.

The database will also provide opportunities for national education and training to improve services for individuals with this neurodevelopmental disorder.

CanFASD’s national database is important for understanding the relationship between diagnostic capacity and service availability for individuals with FASD. In-depth research will inform policy decision and resource allocations pertaining to health services provided to those with FASD. Currently, there are more than 25 clinics from nine provinces and territories participating.

To read the news release, visit CanFASD.

Celebrate National Injury Prevention Day with Parachute


June 26, 2018 – Preventable injury is the leading cause of death among young Canadians, with one child dying every nine hours. Parachute, Canada's national charity dedicated to reducing the devastating impact of preventable injuries, is leading National Injury Prevention Day to raise awareness for this important health issue.

Preventable injury, which includes at home, at play, and on the road, accounts for 16,000 deaths every year in Canada. “We want to change those numbers, but we can’t do it alone,” says Steve Podborski, Parachute President and CEO. “We encourage Canadians to join us in sharing our messaging to help inform others, raise awareness, and drastically lower this staggering number of preventable injuries.”

Municipalities across Canada will be pledging their support for National Injury Prevention Day by lighting major landmarks in distinctive Parachute “green” on July 5, 2018. They include:

  • Halifax City Hall, Halifax, NS
  • Truro Library, Truro, NS
  • Olympic Park Tower, Montreal, QC
  • Queen’s Lantern, Ottawa, ON
  • Peace Bridge, Fort Erie, ON
  • 3D Hamilton Sign, Hamilton, ON
  • Fountain at the Forks, London, ON
  • JA Taylor Building, London, ON
  • London City Hall, London, ON
  • London Convention Centre, London, ON
  • London Life Building, London, ON
  • Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, ON
  • Ripley’s Aquarium, Toronto, ON
  • Toronto City Hall, Toronto, ON
  • High Level Bridge, Edmonton, AB
  • BC Place Stadium, Vancouver BC
  • Sails of Light, Vancouver, BC
  • Science World, Vancouver, BC
  • Fitzsimmons Creek Bridge, Whistler, BC

Canadians can support National Injury Prevention Day by taking photos of these landmarks that are lighting up on July 5 and posting them, and by joining the conversation on social media using #ParachuteNIPD and #TurnSafetyOn to help work towards a Canada that is free of serious injuries. Check out the NIPD website for more information and the latest news on cities joining our “Light Canada Green” campaign.

The City of Toronto will be hosting an official flag-raising ceremony on the Podium Roof at Toronto City Hall on July 5 at 12:30 p.m.

Media are invited to attend the flag-raising ceremony.

Parachute has also received proclamations from the following cities to date: Halifax, Fredericton, Ottawa, Markham, Toronto, Windsor, and Regina.

Last year’s inaugural National Injury Prevention Day gained more than 4 million social media impressions, raising awareness across Canada about why injury prevention is a critical health issue. 

Quick Facts

  • Preventable injury kills more Canadian children than any single disease, and more youth than all other causes combined.
  • Teen drivers die in crashes at a higher rate than any other age group in Canada.
  • 40% of head injuries in children aged 10 to 19 occur during sports.
  • 85% of hospitalizations of Canadian seniors are due to falls.