Novel Approaches to Promote Healthy Eating


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Speakers: Vicky Drapeau, PhD and Shirin Panahi, PhD

This webinar will document recent progress in research pertaining to the characterization of diet quality and novel approaches to promote healthy eating. Specifically, this session will discuss the (1) relationship between the best markers of diet quality such as dairy products (i.e. yogurt), fruits and vegetables and metabolic health in youth and adults and (2) implementation of web-based nutrition interventions as a strategy to help youth and families adopt healthy eating habits and increase consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products in these populations.

After attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify which foods/food groups, as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, may play a role in the control of body weight and metabolic health;
  2. Understand the role of factors such as genetic susceptibility to obesity in the relationship between foods/food groups and body weight and metabolic health;
  3. Learn about an innovative school and/or family-based nutrition program that has positively impacted the consumption of fruits, vegetables and dairy products in youth and adults and their effect on various eating behaviour traits;
  4. Describe how using web-based or technological platforms may help youth adopt healthy eating habits that will have implications later in adulthood.

About the Speakers

Dr. Shirin Panahi, PhD, Université de Laval

Dr. Shirin Panahi is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Departments of Physical Education and Kinesiology at Université Laval. Her education includes a B.Sc. (Hon) in life sciences and M.Sc. and Ph.D. in nutritional sciences from the University of Toronto. She is a past recipient of a postdoctoral fellowship from the Canadian Diabetes Association (currently Diabetes Canada) and a current recipient of the Mitacs Accelerate fellowship in partnership with Alliance Santé Québec, a non-profit organization which promotes health and well-being in the province of Québec. Dr. Panahi was also the recipient of the CNS Gordon F. Mutch Young Investigator Award in Diabetes Research (2013) and CIHR-INMD/CNS Postdoctoral Partnership Prize (2017). Her research work has included both clinical interventions and epidemiological studies exploring the relationship between diet and its components, appetite control, metabolic health and lifestyle factors such as physical activity in both adults and children. As part of the Yogurt in Nutrition Initiative, she and her colleagues are currently examining the relationships between yogurt/calcium consumption, body weight and metabolic profiles in adults and children/adolescents with a familial predisposition to obesity in three large cohorts including the Québec Family Study (QFS), QUébec Adipose and Lifestyle InvesTigation in Youth (QUALITY) and HEalth, RIsk factors, exercise Training And GEnetics (HERITAGE) studies which have application in the promotion of healthy eating and lifestyle strategies and the design of programs and interventions to support health.


Dr. Vicky Drapeau, PhD, Université de Laval

Dr. Vicky Drapeau is a Professor at the Department of Physical Education at Laval University. She is also a dietitian, co-founder and co-ordinator of the Clinique de nutrition Équilibre-Santé at the Faculty which is a consultation clinic comprised of dietitians who work together to promote healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Dr. Drapeau received her B.Sc. (Nutrition), M.Sc. (Physical Education) and Ph.D. (Kinesiology) at Laval University. During her Ph.D. she completed an advanced course in biopsychology, eating behavior and appetite control in Leeds, England. Dr. Drapeau's research focuses on the impact of eating behaviors and appetite control on body weight and health. Her work in the field of obesity treatment aimed to improve preventive and therapeutic approach of obesity that is based on a proper strategy of diagnosis and original, relevant clinical research. More specifically, her work emphasizes the fact that many behavioral traits are associated with higher body weight or altered metabolic profile. Her work on appetite control aims to characterize individuals with reduced appetite sensation responses after a test meal (i.e. the low satiety phenotype) and the development of dietary interventions having the potential to promote satiety with a spontaneous reduced energy intake through highly satiating diets. Lately, she also developed an interest in the promotion of healthy lifestyle with the conception of a nutrition program in schools to help children and youth adopt and maintain healthy eating habits. Her work has led to over 75 publications, 7 book chapters, more than 200 abstracts and presentations and the training of several graduate students in the past 12 years. Her research has received continuous peer-reviewed grant support including being the recipient of the 2015 Yogurt in Nutrition Initiative grant awarded to one investigator each year. Dr. Drapeau teaches several undergraduate courses each year including nutrition, exercise physiology and physical activity and lectures in other courses given by other professors. She also serves as a consultant to government, universities and members of the food industry.

** Original Source: "CNS Education Webinars" Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Length: 1:00:04

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Last Updated: June 4, 2018

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Panahi Presentation - The Role of Fruits, Vegetables and Dairy on Body Weight Control and Metabolic Health File
Drapeau Presentation - Innovative nutrition interventions to help youth and families adopt healthy eating patterns File
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