2020 CNS PROTEIN FOODS INFOGRAPHIC COMPETITION
Create a visual of a protein and health-related theme
Infographics provide an excellent visual platform to communicate nutrition and health concepts in an efficient, easy to interpret, creative, and colourful way. They offer an excellent opportunity to share evidence-based information with healthcare professionals working with patients, as well as to communicate directly to the public (e.g. as posters in public spaces and on social media). The design and development of infographics is an excellent skill for students/trainees to develop.
Why a protein foods infographic competition?
The Canadian Nutrition Society (CNS) has developed the 2020 “Visualize Me” CNS Protein Infographic Competition in an effort to increase the knowledge and awareness of nutrition communicators, healthcare professionals, and non-governmental organizations, and future professionals on the definition, types (e.g. animal and plant-based foods), and proportions of daily foods that contain protein and the sources of protein-rich foods.
This competition challenges participants to create factual, evidenced-based infographics that are visual and contain key messages that are simple to understand. To assist, a Protein Foods Resource Document has been created, along with three mini-resource documents targeting specific audiences: older adults, healthcare professionals, and nutrition educators.
Competition submission deadline via the online Infographics Management Tool - December 18, 2020. You will need to be a CNS Member to access this Tool.
1. To be eligible to participate in this competition, applicants:
- must be an undergraduate or graduate student, post-degree dietetic intern, medical resident or postdoctoral fellow;
- must submit a brief curriculum vitae (max 2 pages) and explain how their current or past research work is related to the protein and health infographic theme (max 100 words)
- may only submit one infographic for each key message (maximum of three infographics);
must be a current member in good standing with CNS at the time of submission.
2. Here is how you can take part in the “Visualize Me” CNS Protein Infographic Competition:
Select one "Key Message" related to protein and health that you would like to communicate. Key messages must be related to the following questions:
- What are protein foods and how much do we need?
- What are processed protein foods?
- How can protein foods be incorporated into the diet?
- Pitch your infographic idea in no more than 50 words (in English). Although infographics can simply relay information, the best infographics will typically have a clear ‘take home’ message or recommendation. The Protein Foods Resource Document and mini resource documents targeting various audiences may be used for reference.
- Have your pitch reviewed by your advisor/supervisor to collect feedback and to enable any necessary changes to ensure the accuracy and clarity of your infographic’s desired message.
- Once you have received input and approval of your pitch, start to map out the infographic design. Your Infographic should be aesthetically pleasing, eye-catching, and contain as few words as possible.
- When selecting images, ensure that they are properly cited (must be creative commons, public domain, or taken/designed/drawn personally).
- Provide a list of 10-15 references used to support the information on the infographic.
- Base any Canadian-related information on Canadian data (e.g. current dairy intakes).
3. Infographic Submission
Before you submit your Infographic, please make sure you have read, and pay careful attention to, the checklist below. These items are needed to support your infographic entry. You will be able to return the Infographics Management Tool multiple times to submit/edit your entry(ies) or to create additional ones.
Form fields completed:
- Contact information
- Infographic Title
- Infographic category
- An explanation of how your current or past research work fits within the protein and health infographic theme (maximum 100 words)
- An Infographic summary is included which does not exceed 50 words (excluding references)
Permission to share infographic/Copyright permission granted
- Curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
- A list of 10-15 references
- Infographic (correctly labeled in PDF format); File name should include last name and first name of author and infographic title (e.g. Doe Jane. Satiety and Health.pdf)
- 1-3 references (e.g. reviews, key papers) are included on the infographic in APA format
- Sources for images and figures used are cited on the infographic
- Reviewed by academic supervisor for scientific rigor
- You are a CNS member
Please note, incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
When you are ready, click the button below to enter the Infographics Management Tool. You will need to be a CNS Member to access this tool. Once in the tool, click on “Create a Infographic Submission” to submit all of the required information. You can return to this form multiple times to submit/edit your entry(ies), to complete with the required documentation, or to create additional entries. This form will automatically save every 10 seconds.
4. Review Process:
- A committee will be established to conduct an initial review to ensure accuracy and appropriateness.
- Successful submissions will be assigned a time to present; you will receive notice by January 2021.
- Five infographics will be chosen in each Key Message category as finalists to be presented virtually.
5. Presentation Process:
If your infographic has been approved, you will be asked to follow these instructions:
- You will be assigned a designated time where you will have the opportunity to provide an online, 3-minute elevator pitch on your infographic and answer questions by a panel of experts.
- The TOP THREE infographics (as judged by a panel of experts) from each category will be chosen and announced in March 2021. Winners will also be acknowledged at the CNS Annual Conference.
6. Award Package:
The FIRST place infographics from each category will be published (incorporated) in the Guelph Family Health Study Cookbook, published on the CNS website, promoted and shared via the CNS social media channels, receive a certificate achievement and monetary prize.
Guidelines for CNS Infographic Usage
For authors of CNS infographics
Authors will be asked whether or not they agree with the sharing of their infographics if they are chosen as one of the finalists.
If authors agree, we ask that some verbiage is added to the chosen infographic to be posted on the website. For example: “This infographic was chosen as 1st place finalist in the CNS 2021 Infographic Competition.”
Citing CNS infographics in research
CNS Infographics may be cited in your research providing that you include the following information:
- Infographic title
- Website name
- The infographic publisher (e.g. Canadian Nutrition Society)
- The creation date (although it is also acceptable to use the “posted” date)
- Original URL
For example, the formula for citing an infographic for APA is as follows:
Author Last Name, Author First Initial. (Published date). Title of the infographic. Retrieved (date of retrieval), from URL.
Hutchinson A and Panahi S. 2020. Covid-19 and Nutrition: stay strong by eating healthy. Retrieved May 2020, from https://cns-scn.ca/sites/default/uploads/files/CNS_2020_COVID-19_and_Nutrition_English.pdf.
Thanks to the Helderleigh Foundation for making this competition possible.