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From the Plate to Practice: Reflections on Canada's Food Guide

Wednesday, November 6, 2019     8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, Room 221

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8:00am Check-in and breakfast 
8:45am  Welcome and opening remarks 

Sydney Massey, RD, Director of Nutrition Education, BC Dairy Association

Nathalie Savoie, RD, Chief Executive Officer, Dietitians of Canada

Moderator: Lisa McKellar, RD, Regional Executive Director–British Columbia, Dietitians of Canada


Food Guides: Why do they matter?

Susan Barr, PhD, FDC, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia

  • What is the purpose of a food guide?
  • How has Canada's food guidance changed over the years?
  • How does the current food guide rate? 


Beyond the Plate: Diving into Canada’s Dietary Guidelines from a health equity lens

Melanie Kurrein, RD, Manager, Food Security, Provincial Health Services Authority

  • How can we use the Dietary Guidelines to inform public health policy and practice?
10:15am  Coffee/tea break—Network and take in the view



Panel: More Reflections on Canada’s Food Guide from Different Perspectives

Nolan Deng, RD & Jessica Wang, RD, In-store Dietitians, Loblaws 

Helen Yeung, RD, Public Health Dietitian, North Shore, Vancouver

Andrea Godfreyson, RD, Manager, Office of the Provincial Dietitian, BC Ministry of Health

  • How are dietitians using the current food guide in their practice?
  • How are dietitians addressing the opportunities and challenges presented by this food guide?
  • What provincial resources and support are available to help implement this food guide?
  • What other tools, resources and support are needed?


Discussion: How can we all work together to implement the food guide and promote healthy eating in BC?

Share your reflections, experiences and perspectives on Canada’s food guide and take this opportunity to collectively discuss implementation successes and challenges, and further support needed to integrate the food guide into your practice.

Let’s capitalize on the opportunities presented by Canada’s food guide and close the gaps together.


Closing remarks, evaluations, and draw prizes 

Join the conversation on Twitter by using #BCDAforum before, during, and after the event.

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Image attribution: James Stewart (Flickr)