Chairs:

Alison Duncan, PhD, RD, FDC - Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph - View Bio

John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, FRCPC - Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Medicine, University of Toronto - View Bio

Mini Virtual Conference Overview

Guiding principles for sustainable and healthy diets include eating an abundance and a variety of plant foods and moderate amounts of animal-based foods. Consistent evidence suggests that a plant-based diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains, and low in red and processed meats is effective for preventing chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Studies have also shown that plant foods have a smaller impact on the environment as growing these foods use less water and creates fewer emissions.

This mini-conference will discuss the role of plant-based foods in chronic disease prevention across the lifespan, promoting sustainable healthy eating in the population, and possibilities for innovation. A panel discussion at the end will discuss the balance between plant and animal-based foods, evaluate nutrition recommendations, and discuss the policy implications of plant-based diets.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this conference, participants will be able to: 

  1. To understand the effectiveness of plant foods in attenuating chronic disease risk and/or severity and identify current knowledge gaps.
  2. To understand the challenges of dietary changes to incorporate more plant foods and discuss successful approaches that could be applied in dietetic practice.
  3. To understand the nutritional requirements of individuals on plant-based diets across the lifespan and for special populations, and discuss the implications for implementing plant-based diets.
  4. To discuss the sustainability of plant foods and learn about current innovations in plant food products.

Register online    All fees are in Canadian dollars. If you are not a member, join CNS to take advantage of member rates to attend the Conference.  Registration now closed.
Draft schedule; subject to change. Where permission has been granted by speakers, sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees only. 

Friday,  January 13, 2023 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm. All times ET.  

Introductory Remarks

12:00pm 
Welcoming Remarks
Introduction to the session and speakers

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Chairs:
Alison Duncan, PhD, RD, FDC - University of Guelph 
John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, FRCPC - University of Toronto  

Session 1: Plant foods and chronic disease prevention

12:10pm - 12:40pm
Plant-based dietary patterns to support cardiometabolic disease risk reduction
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Speaker:
Andrea Glenn, PhD, RD - Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health / University of Toronto
12:40pm - 1:10pm
Plant-based diets for cardiometabolic health
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Speaker: 
Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD, MBADirector of Clinical Research, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
1:10pm - 1:30pm
Question Period
Moderated by: To be confirmed
1:30pm - 1:40pm
Break

Session 2: Knowledge translation and practice

1:40pm - 2:10pm
Promoting plant-based diets among families through novel interdisciplinary research and knowledge mobilization
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Speaker:
Jess Haines, PhD, MHSc, RD - University of Guelph
2:10pm - 2:40pm
Plant Protein Innovations:  Addressing the 4 Domains of Sustainability
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Speaker:
James D. House, PhD  - University of Manitoba
2:40pm - 3:00pm
Question Period
Moderated by: To be confirmed
3:00pm - 3:10pm
Break

Session 3: Plant Food Perspectives: A Panel Discussion

3:10pm - 3:40pm
Panel Discussion
Panelists:
All Speakers
Chris Marinangeli, PhD, RD 
- Protein Industries Canada - View Bio
Moderated by: To be confirmed

Concluding remarks

3:40pm - 3:50pm
Reflections on the future of plant foods
Chairs:
Alison Duncan, PhD, RD, FDC - University of Guelph 
John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, FRCPC - University of Toronto

Register online    All fees are in Canadian dollars. If you are not a member, join CNS to take advantage of member rates to attend the Conference.  Registration now closed.

Where permission has been granted by speakers, sessions will be recorded and available to registered attendees only.


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