Concurrent Sessions D

November 14th | Concurrent Sessions D

November 14th 2015 | 09:30 - 10:30

D1 - Food service providers and food distributors engaging for local procurement

Panelists will present their approaches to bring healthier food and more local and sustainably-produced food into schools. Various perspectives will be explored including cost and supply of local food, labelling and promotion and scaling up local food in school settings.

Download the presentation of Patrick Henderson.
Download the presentation of Michael Yarymowich.
Download the presentaion of Yanick Saindon.

  National |     Le Grand Salon   |    EN & FR (simultaneous translation)

Ruthie Burd, Founder, the Lunch Lady Group Inc.
Patrick Henderson, Director, Terroir Foods & Agrimarketing

Michael Yarymowich, Manager of Sustainability, Higher Education
Yanick Saindon, Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Colleen Thorpe, Senior Project Manager, Sustainability, Équiterre

D2 - Lunch settings

This session will include presentations on Farm to School salad bars in Atlantic Canada and research on the physical settings for healthy eating in elementary schools.

 NB, QC   |     Hochelaga 3   |    EN & FR (simultaneous translation)

Ready, Set, Salad Bar!: Teaming up for healthy local foods in New Brunswick schools

Nicole Comeau, Community Agent, École Clément-Cormier
Valerie Carmichael, Community Coordinator, Centreville Community School
Marcy Malloy, Community School Coordinator, Cambridge-Narrows Community School
Karen Rogers, EST-Resource Teacher, Salisbury Elementary School
Roxana Atkinson, Provincial Coordinator Farm to School New Brunswick & National Farm to School Liaison for Farm to Cafeteria Canada

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Photos and stories will offer keys to success, unexpected challenges, and the incredible rewards seen in Farm to School programs in New Brunswick, from proposal through the first year of implementation. The diversity of program and partnership contexts involved are sure to offer something for everyone and demonstrate the versatility of the model.

Modernizing the architecture of primary schools to support the adoption and maintenance of healthy habits at mealtime: a Quebec case study

Andrée-Anne Larivière Lajoie, Student, School of architecture, Université Laval
Larence Jodoin-Nicole, Student, School of architecture, Université Laval
Marianne Legault, Student, School of architecture, Université Laval

This session will present findings from an architectural evaluation of the different areas used by child care services in three primary schools from the Quebec city region. It will also discuss the renovation possibilities that would contribute to the adoption and maintenance of healthy habits outside of class time, mainly during the lunch hour.

Improving the physical environments of eating areas in primary schools: Towards a self-assessment tool

Sandrine Lemieux-Tremblay, Student, School of architecture, Université Laval
Mélanie Watchman, Student, School of architecture, Université Laval

The survey by the Quebec association of child care services in school settings (ASGEMSQ) on the conviviality of mealtimes in primary schools highlighted many problems: noise, overheating, odors and inadequate lighting and an overuse of some locals at lunchtime. The results of an ongoing process aimed at developing a self- assessment tool of the architectural quality of the premises used by child care services will be presented.

D3 - Seeds for change: Advocacy and farm to school

This session will include an advocacy based presentation from members of the Coalition for Healthy School Food as well as a presentation on an evaluation of a farm to school program in Chatham-Kent.

  ON and national   |     Mackenzie   |    EN

Let’s advocate for healthy school food

Judith Barry, Director, National Programs, Breakfast Club of Canada
Bill Jeffery, National Coordinator, Centre for Science in the Public Interest
Amanda Sheedy, Director of Development and Engagement, Food Secure Canada
Margo Riebe-Butt, RD, Executive Director, Nourish Nova Scotia

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The Coalition for Healthy School Food is building a movement for a universal healthy school food program in Canada. The coalition is developing skills and analysis on the ‘politics of school food’. Join them for this engaging workshop to learn about what governments are currently doing, what they could be doing and learn a few skills to get involved in the movement.

An evaluation of the Farm to School program in Chatham-Kent

Sarah Woodruff, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Windsor

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A backgrounder of Farm to School’s School Nutrition program in Chatham-Kent will be presented. This will include: food procurement, delivery, and partnership. Finally, this presentation will include research results based on Phase 1 (6 schools) and Phase 2 (16 schools) program evaluations.

D4 - Stories from the field: School food and nutrition programs

This session will include presentations on Food Secure Canada’s “Raising the Bar on school food programs”, a 20-year old school greenhouse project in rural Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario high school food programs and school nutrition mentoring in northern Saskatchewan.

  National, NL, ON, SK   |     Hochelaga 4   |    EN

Promising and innovative practices in school food programs

Patricia Butt, Research Group on School Food Member, Food Secure Canada
Raïssa Epale, Research coordinator of school food promising practices, Food Secure Canada

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Food Secure Canada's "Raising the Bar on school food programs" project conducted qualitative research on promising and innovative practices within school food programs across the country. Join us to learn about these exciting programs and get inspired by some creative and innovative ways to operate a school food program.

The case study as a valuable method of inquiry for school food system research: Reflections on a 20-year old school greenhouse project in rural Newfoundland and Labrador

Emily Doyle, PhD, Division of Community Health and Humanities, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

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The St. Francis School greenhouse is a unique example of school food system transformation. The results from this case study reveal a wide range of benefits and barriers that are framed within a socio-ecological model. The importance of context within this model reveals the case study as an ideal investigative method in school food system research.

Alternative avenues: Local food procurement in Ontario high school food programs

Coreen Jones, School Food Coordinator, Ecosource
Jody Mitchell, School Food and Gardens Coordinator, Ecosource

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This presentation will explore learnings from local food projects piloted in secondary school food programs in four Ontario regions: Peel, Durham, York and Thunder Bay. The presenters will look at how local food initiatives rely on connections between food literacy and local food procurement, what makes a successful local food project, how to overcome barriers, and how to grow a local food movement in a high school community.

School nutrition mentoring in northern Saskatchewan

Darlene Kuley, Nutrition Mentor/Nutrition Worker at Churchill Community High School
Audrey Boyer, CPNP (Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program) & Public Health Nutritionist for the Population Health Unit, Northern Saskatchewan

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One by one, school menus are changing in northern Saskatchewan. The Healthy Eating Team of the Northern Healthy Communities Partnership works with an expert Nutrition Mentor to enhance skills of school nutrition workers and improve ergonomics in their food preparation areas in First Nations schools.

D5 - Building student capacity and healthy living in indigenous communities

This session will include presentations from the Eel Ground First Nation and the Saskatchewan School-Community Gardens Project

  NB, SK   |     Matapedia   |    EN

Healthy Eel Ground First Nation: A student led partnership

Chad Duplessie, Project Manager, Eel Ground First Nation
Helen Bernard-Ward, School Principal, Natoaganeg School​

Eel Ground First Nation and Canadian Feed the Children have partnered to enable students to change the health of their community and their relationship with food.  Their presentation will include a short documentary celebrating the role of students in running a Fresh Vegetable and Fruit Box program, in guiding the development of the cafeteria and in harvesting their school garden. Then, the group will share insights into building student capacity and self-efficacy.

Saskatchewan school-community gardens project

Alvin Delorme, Coordinator, School Nutrition, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations
Jonas Cote, Principal, Chief Gabriel Cote Education Complex
Byran Dumais, Vice Principal, Chief Gabriel Cote Education Complex

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As part of the Nourishing School Communities Initiative, three First Nations school communities in Saskatchewan are planting gardens and plan to use the harvest to support school meal programs. The project also seeks to incorporate healthy eating and food literacy skills into the school curriculum; develop healthy school nutrition policies; and promote community partnerships to address the issue of obesity and related illnesses in First Nations youth.

D6 - Resource roundtable presentations: Youth engagement, after-school programs and the Grand défi

This interactive resource sharing session will feature presentations on the Joint Consortium for School Health youth engagement toolkit, the YMCA healthy eating framework for after-school programs and the healthy eating component of the Grand défi.

  National, QC   |     Chaudiere   |    EN & FR

Youth engagement toolkit: Bringing youth voice and inclusion to the food literacy and comprehensive school health movement

Katherine Eberl Kelly, Executive Director, Pan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health

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Youth voice and engagement are essential to the success of initiatives aiming to improve student food literacy and to enhance healthy food environments in schools. This interactive session will showcase the Joint Consortium for School Health youth engagement toolkit, which was developed by the Students Commission of Canada and a national stakeholder group. This toolkit demonstrates the benefits of youth engagement in food literacy and school-community partnerships.

A YMCA healthy eating framework for after-school programs

Sharon Brodovsky, Program Lead, Nourishing School Communities, YMCA Canada
Karen Evans, Manager Child Development and Family Support Programs, YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

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The “Healthy Eating Framework” was developed in partnership with after-school program leads from Regina, Simcoe/Muskoka and Moncton YMCA locations. The framework is designed to help after-school programs incorporate healthy eating throughout all their program components. The flexible design of this framework enables programs to build on existing strengths and to tailor actions to local contexts, addressing needs and challenges, and maximizing resources and opportunities. The framework coupled with the self-assessment tool enables teams to assess the status of their programs and to prioritize areas of focus for future action.

The healthy eating component of the Grand défi

Maggie Vallières,  RD, Research professional, Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (CRIUCPQ)
Natalie Alméras, PhD, Researcher, Obesity and metabolism, Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec (CRIUCPQ)

This workshop presents the healthy eating component, Mange mieux, of the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie. The Grand défi has partnered with Quebec schools to help kids make healthier choices in their everyday lives. This includes providing schools and parents with various educational tools including: the Vehicube tour in Quebec schools, an internet site with activities, and an iPad application (Joue au cube), which engages young people, their parents and  teachers.