Should packed lunches be in the past? Evidence to inform a national school food program

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Speakers: Claire Tugault-Lafleur, PhD, RD and Rachel Engler-Stringer, PhD

This webinar will explore current school food related research in Canada, highlighting factors affecting children's dietary quality during the school day and discuss findings related to a pilot universal school lunch program intervention in the province of Saskatchewan. Implications for a Canadian national school lunch program will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

Following this webinar, participants should be able to:

  1. Explain how lunch-time food source and eating location relates to children's diet quality within the school context.
  2. Describe which sociodemographic predictors are associated with children's likelihood of missing lunch on school days.
  3. Understand the objectives of an ongoing universal curriculum-integrated school lunch program study*.
  4. Discuss next steps related to a federally funded school food program.

*may include preliminary results, but to be determined

About the Speakers

Claire Tugault-Lafleur PhD, RD is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Colombia (UBC). Her research focuses on understanding the social determinants of dietary intakes and behaviours of children in school settings. Other research interests include nutrition and physical activity practices and policies of early year providers and their linkage to children's diet outcomes in childcare settings. Dr. Tugault-Lafleur holds a doctorate degree in human nutrition from UBC, and a Master's in geography from McGill University.

Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan, in Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Her research interests include community nutrition, food insecurity, food environments, food access and health promotion. She is currently Principal Investigator of newly CIHR-funded study on the process of implementation and impacts of a curriculum-integrated school lunch program.

** Original Source: "CNS Education Webinars" Thursday, September 17, 2020


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