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NRC Webinar - Local Food Use and Food Literacy: What We Heard from Child Care and Student Nutrition Programs

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NRC Webinar - Local Food Use and Food Literacy: What We Heard from Child Care and Student Nutrition Programs
Nutrition Resource Centre
Thursday, 30 May 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)

This webinar is part of NRC's Unpacking Food Literacy Series.

Local Food and Food Literacy: What We Heard In Child Care and Student Nutrition Programs

Early childhood is an important time to lay the groundwork for a healthy start for life. To contribute to the growing body of applied research on the development of healthy habits, The Nutrition Resource Centre at the Ontario Public Health Association collaborated with the Greenbelt Fund on a research project in partnership with the Food Innovation & Research Studio (FIRSt) at George Brown College (GBC) and the Helderleigh Foundation. This webinar will highlight the findings of this research project, which investigated the knowledge, attitudes and awareness of local food use and food literacy, among food suppliers and caterers and key influencers of young children in Ontario. Results of an environmental scan of food literacy tools and resources being used to educate food providers and educators in early childhood settings as well as the resources used and supports needed to educate children and their parents and caregivers about local foods and healthy eating will be shared. These results can be used for future planning to promote the use of local food and food literacy activities in early child settings.

This webinar will also showcase a local public health program that has incorporated local food and food literacy into their child care and SNP. This story from the field will spark discussion about the challenges, barriers, successes of local food literacy programming for children, and provide examples for other communities to learn from.

Learning Objectives

This webinar will help participants:

Understand the distribution of local food by suppliers and caterers to meal and snack programs serving young children.
Learn about attitudes towards local foods and food literacy among food providers of young children.
Understand the challenges, barriers and opportunities to providing local food and food literacy in early child settings.
Learn about resources used by or desired by food providers and educators of young children to incorporate local and healthy foods in their meal and snack programs and to support food literacy activities targeted to young children and their parents and caregivers.

Lynn Roblin is a Registered Dietitian and Senior Policy Consultant for the Nutrition Resource Centre where she focuses on building capacity and exchanging knowledge related to healthy eating, food literacy, and food and nutrition policies and interventions at the local and provincial level.

Jennelle Arnew, RD, MSc works on the Chronic Disease and Wellbeing team primarily with youth and young adults. Her role in public health focuses on strategies to promote improved health and well-being and collaborating with the many partners it takes to make this happen.

Please visit the NRC event page to view presenters full biographies

The Nutrition Resource Centre strengthens the capacity of health promotion and nutrition professionals, organizations and community partners involved in healthy eating and nutrition across the province of Ontario. Click here to learn more about our services.

Teaching & Technology Webinar

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Join us for a webinar on how to use technology to support teaching in the early years!

From family engagement to assessment to ongoing professional development, early childhood teachers and providers have to juggle a lot in the little time they have – and that’s on top of teaching and caring for a group of young children. The good news: Technology can offer some paths forward.

We invite early childhood program decision-makers and others interested in learning more about the top challenges teachers face, opportunities to leverage technology, what teachers really want, and bright spots in technology to our upcoming webinar:

Teaching & Technology
Wednesday May 8
1-2 pm PT

We’re excited to have this conversation with a panel of teachers, coaches, and professional learning experts. Speakers include:

Sheetal Singh (moderator), Interim Executive Director
The Early Learning Lab

Maureen Casey, Pre-K Inclusion Teacher
Franklin-McKinley School District

Rose Jaquez, Community Worker
Family Resource Center Initiative
Franklin McKinley Children's Initiative
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

Chris Sciarrino, Director of Early Childhood Practice and Innovation
The Early Learning Lab

Jenna Wachtel, Senior Director, Early Learning
New Teacher Center

Please join us, let us know any questions you have, and register now!
May 8, 2019 1:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Motivational Interviewing - 3 dates available

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About This Webinar
Motivational interviewing is a counselling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and uncertainties to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.

Wondering how to help your clients move forward? Want to help your clients get ‘unstuck’? Helping your clients find their inner motivation to create positive and lasting changes takes transforming how we communicate with our clients. With the right tools, you can support your clients in taking that first step towards change when you know how to build their inner resources.

Who Should Attend?
Any staff in a human, social or community services organization

90-minute webinar

Learning Objectives
Stages of Change
Tools and strategies for eliciting change talk
Tools and strategies for strengthen change talk
Working with resistance
Helping your clients recognize and build their inner resources
Confidence building
What to avoid in MI
About The Speaker
Megan Phillips is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 18 years of experience working in multiple roles within community and social services. As a former Case Worker and Manager with Ontario Works, as well as a Concurrent Disorders Specialist in a community mental health program, Megan utilizes her additional award-winning experience in instructing post-secondary education to bring captivating, illustrative, relevant, and humorous educational seminars to a variety of non-profit agencies and organizations.

As an experienced presenter, Megan has dedicated herself to the educational advancement and enhancement of her fellow colleagues and community professionals in areas such as Motivational Interviewing, Burnout, Resiliency Building, PTSD, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Compassion Fatigue and Working with Clients with Multiple Barriers.

Webinar: Understanding Parental Sharing and Caregiving Benefits

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Webinar: Understanding Parental Sharing and Caregiving Benefits
Webinaire : Comprendre les prestations parentales partagées et pour proches aidants

May 14, 2019 at 12 p.m. (EDT) / 14 mai 2019 à 12 h (HAE)

Preliminary Agenda / Ordre du jour préliminaire
(Subject to change / horaire provisoire)

Facilitator / Animatrice : Nora Spinks, CEO, The Vanier Institute of the Family / Nora Spinks, directrice générale, L’Institut Vanier de la famille

12:00 p.m. / 12 h – Welcome and Introductions / Accueil et présentations

12:05 p.m. / 12 h 05 – Shared Parental Benefits and Caregiving Benefits, Andrew Brown (Director General, Employment Insurance Policy) and Rutha Astravas (Director, Employment Insurance Special Benefits) from Employment and Social Development Canada / Les prestations parentales partagées et pour proches aidants, Andrew Brown (directeur général, Politique de l’assurance-emploi) et Rutha Astravas (directrice, Prestations spéciales de l’assurance-emploi) d’Emploi et Développement social Canada

12:30 p.m. / 12 h 30 – Discussion / Discussion

12:55 p.m. / 12 h 55 – Closing Remarks / Mot de la fin

Re-thinking risk: Are children too safe for their own good?

Webinar: Re-thinking risk: Are children too safe for their own good?
When: Wednesday April 10th, 2019 at noon EDT
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It used to be normal for children to spend long hours outdoors and away from watchful adults. Today, children spend more time indoors and in supervised, structured activities. Research is mounting on the importance of giving kids more opportunities for risky play outdoors. Risky play is thrilling and exciting play where children test their boundaries and flirt with uncertainty. They climb trees, build forts, roam the neighbourhood with friends or play capture the flag. This kind of play is associated with children’s health, development and well-being. This webinar will explore the evidence regarding causes and effects of changing childhoods, as well as strategies to restore balance

Dr. Mariana Brussoni is a developmental psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. She is an investigator with the British Columbia Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the British Columbia Injury Research & Prevention Unit. Mariana investigates child injury prevention and children’s risky play. She is leading research to develop an index of the playability of the built environment for children aged 10-13 years; and research to develop and test and tool to reframe parents’ risk perceptions related to outdoor play. More details available at

"Indigenous Peoples and the health care system: Exploring health equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Ontario."

The Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest invites you to its upcoming webinar, "Indigenous Peoples and the health care system: Exploring health equity for First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Ontario."
In recent decades, the health of Indigenous Peoples has been improving despite multiple issues regarding access and other impacts of the health care system. Join us as we explore this issue by highlighting health equity, discussing historical and current contexts, and exploring a discourse for ways in which clinicians can work to help improve their practice and care that will contribute to positive health outcomes for Indigenous Peoples in Ontario.

The webinar is suitable for those who have a basic understanding of the HEIA tool. If HEIA is new to you, watch this short video to get a basic introduction.

Learn more:

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Renee Linklater
Director of Aboriginal Engagement and Outreach, CAMH

Webinar -A Dietary Guidance Journey : Help Clients Make Nutrient-Dense Food Choices

1 hr

Help your clients shift their food choices toward nutrient-dense options and meet food group recommendations as detailed by dietary guidance.
Join the CNS for a complimentary webinar, including 1 FREE continuing education credit, to learn more about the concept of nutrient density, and how to help your clients build more nutrient-dense diets.
When: Thursday, March 28th from 11am-12pm CDT
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Safer Spaces: Creating environments where LGBTQ2S+ community members feel visible, safer, & included


Date: Mar 28, 2019
Topic: Safer Spaces: Creating environments where LGBTQ2S+ community members feel visible, safer, & included
Presenter(s): The Bridge Brant
The Safer Space program aims to help create environments where LGBTQ2S+ community members/families feel visible, safer, and included. This Webinar is an introduction to LGBTQ2S+ terminology and definitions related to gender and sexuality, gender pronouns, privilege, an introduction to alliship, creating safer spaces, why it matters, and practical steps to inclusivity.

Tara Buchannan is a cisgender lesbian that uses she and her pronouns. She is passionate about and has been working in Developmental Services for over 10 years. She has done frontline direct care and now works in a Supported Employment Program. Tara is also passionate about LGBTQ2S+ social justice and chaired the Brantford Pride Committee for 5 years and has been an active member of The Bridge for many more. The Bridge is a social justice committee that is committed to addressing gaps in service for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community in Brantford and Brant County.

Supporting the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) Designation and Re-designation: Why It Matters!

1 hr

The BFI Strategy for Ontario is inviting you to our BFI Hot Topic Webinar series!

Supporting the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI)
Designation and Re-designation:
Why It Matters!

The webinar will be held on Monday March 18th, 12 – 1:00 p.m. (EDT)

Speaker: Kathy O’Grady Venter RN, IBCLC
Breastfeeding Committee for Canada, Lead Assessor

Who should attend: Community health service and hospital practice leads in maternal-newborn programs including managers, directors, BFI leads, nurse educators, nurses, lactation consultants, midwives, dietitians, paediatricians, primary care practitioners including family physicians and nurse practitioners.
About: This webinar will highlight how the Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) has encouraged facilities providing maternity and newborn services to better support breastfeeding and provide evidence-based care to all mothers and infants regardless of their infant-feeding decision. BFI continues to support continuous quality-improvement strategies and motivate facilities. In this webinar, Kathy O’Grady Venter, will highlight evidence why BFI designation and re-designation is important to all families, society and individual health care settings. National and provincial strategies and investments that support organizations will be reviewed.

Registration: Please register at

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This webinar will be recorded and made available to registrants.

We hope you can join us.

Elizabeth Brazeau,
Coordinator, Baby-Friendly Initiative (BFI) Strategy for Ontario
Administrative Support, Pumps for Preemies Program

Hiltrud Dawson
Best Start Resource Centre Lead
416.408.2249 x 2250 • 800.397.9567 x 2250 • 416.408.6908 •

NRC Webinar - Food Literacy Strategies and Interventions: What Are the Barriers to Implementation?

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Food Literacy Strategies and Interventions: What Are the Barriers to Implementation?

Part of the "Unpacking Food Literacy" Series!

As interest in food literacy grows, public health and education research has expanded to explore its conceptualizations, attributes, and measurement. However, less is known about its implementation, and the range of factors that might promote or prevent food literacy’s uptake. An improved understanding of these factors is key to developing and evaluating impactful educational interventions that will empower individuals to make informed choices about food and nutrition.

In this webinar, Emily Truman from the University of Calgary will explore food literacy interventions from the perspective of implementation–specifically, the factors that may limit uptake–in order to shed light on how to improve the promotion of food literacy skills.

By attending this session, you will:

Hear about the methodology used to identify barriers, and the findings of a comprehensive review of existing literature;
Learn about the specific barriers to implementing food literacy at the individual, school and community level; and
Explore (and provide valuable feedback about) where these barriers intervene in the relationship between food knowledge, food attitudes and food behaviours, in order to better understand how to reduce their impact and promote food literacy.

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