Food Literacy: A Competency Progression Framework for Children & Youth


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Speaker: Joyce Slater, RD, MSc, PhD -Professor, Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba


High rates of obesity and nutrition-related chronic disease have been exacerbated by the COVID pandemic, and increase risk of poor COVID outcomes. In addition, social media, ultra-processed food dependence, and culinary de-skilling have negatively affected food relationships for many, in particular youth who are vulnerable to inappropriate messaging about food, weight, and body image. Yet public health responses remain primarily focused on reductionist interventions such as nutrition labels and altering individual ingredients/nutrients (e.g. sugar and salt). Comprehensive food education for children and youth is warranted to cope with the complexity of the modern food system; however, guidance on relevant food knowledge, attitudes and skills is lacking. Using the Food Literacy Competencies for Young Adults framework, experts from Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia are developing age-appropriate food literacy competencies for children and youth 2-18 years. We anticipate this will contribute to the development of evidence-informed food literacy programming.


Learning Objectives


At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe elements of food literacy
  2. Explain rationale for evidence-based food literacy programming for youth
  3. Identify age-appropriate food literacy competencies


About the speaker:


Dr. Joyce Slater is a Professor of Community Nutrition in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, at the University of Manitoba. She teaches food and nutrition literacy education, and public health nutrition. Joyce uses mixed methods and participatory approaches to conduct research on food and nutrition security; the role of food literacy in well-being; and nutrition epidemiology. Her research has been funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Home Economics Foundation. Joyce is a Registered Dietitian who worked in various public health organizations for 18 years before obtaining her PhD and joining the University of Manitoba.


Moderated by: Melissa A. Fernandez, PhD, RD - Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Alberta


Original Source: "CNS Education Webinars" Thursday, January 6, 2022


Length: 1:00:43

Type: File

Last Updated: January 6, 2022

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