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Health In All Policies: Advancing an Intersectoral Approach to Promoting Healthy Eating in Ontario

When: March 6, 2014
Time: 9:00 am
Where: Twenty Toronto Street Conference Centre

The Nutrition Resource Centre and Ontario Public Health Association hosted its 2014 Annual Conference on the unique theme of:

Health In All Policies: Advancing an Intersectoral Approach for Promoting Healthy Eating in Ontario.

Health-In-All-Policies (HiAP) is an emerging collaborative approach to improving health by including health, equity, and sustainability considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas. Participants engaged in an important and timely discussion on how a HiAP approach can be applied to strengthen Ontario’s food system, especially given the unique opportunities provided by current public policy initiatives (e.g. Healthy Kids Strategy and Local Food Act). Participants discussed how decisions in multiple sectors (e.g. agriculture, transportation, education, infrastructure, children, youth and social services etc) affect availability, awareness, and access to healthy foods and explored practical methods, tools and resources on engaging diverse government and community partners to promote healthy eating.


  • Provide a platform for dialogue on how to advance an health in all policies approach to promoting healthy eating in Ontario
  • Showcase examples of collaborative food and healthy eating policy initiatives between nutrition professionals and professionals working in non-health sectors
  • Explore how the Healthy Kids Strategy provides opportunities for intersectoral action
  • Facilitate networking between nutrition professionals and those working in non-health sectors


  • Why HiAP?
  • Canadian and international examples of HiAP implementation
  • Food in all policies: Making it work in Ontario
  • How different sectors (education, infrastructure, transportation, agriculture, children and youth, social services, environment and many more) can work together to address Ontario’s food issues
  • Health impact assessments
  • Partnerships between public health, community health, and family health team nutrition professionals


* recordings of selected sessions will be available shortly

Getting Started with HiAP
Dr. Ketan Shankardass, PhD, Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University
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Health In All Meets Horizontal Government
Dr. Patrick Fafard, PhD, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa
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Implementing Health In All Policies: The Quebec Experience
Dr. Alain Poirier, MD, Associate Expert, Institut National de Sante Publique du Quebec
Presentation Slides

Food In All Policies: Trends and Theory
Dr. Catherine Mah, MD, FRCPC, PhD, Scientist and Head, Food Policy Research Initiative, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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Finding the Win-Win: Mechanisms to Put Health in Public Policies
Sherry Nigro, RN, Manager, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Ottawa Public Health
Presentation Slides

Advancing an Intersectoral Approach to Promoting Health Eating in Ontario
Lynn Roblin, MSc, RD, Co-Chair, Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy Design Team
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Community Works
Anne Stewart, BA, BASc, CPHI(C), BBEC
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Ontario’s Healthy Kids Strategy: Moving Forward to Address Childhood Obesity in Ontario
Olha Dobush, Director, Strategic Initiative Branch, Ministry of Health and Long-term Care
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Support Every Child, Reach Every Student
Marg Connor, Director, Student Well-being and Learning Branch, Ministry of Education
Presentation Slides

Fresh from the Farm Fundraising for Ontario Schools
Cathy O’Connor, MHSc, RD, Project Coordinator, Fresh from the Farm Healthy Fundraising for Ontario Schools
Presentation Slides

Partnering for Healthy Schools
Jocelyn Cann, RN, BN, Acting Supervisor, School Health Team 2, Region of Peel
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Building and Measuring Your Networks to Increase Intersectoral Collaboration
Suzanne Schwenger, Health Promotion Manager, Health Nexus
Robyn Kalda, MSc, Health Promotion Technology Specialist, Health Nexus
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Joining Forces with Nutrition Policy in the Community
Katherine Haneke, BASc, MAN, RD, Dietitian, Grand River Community Health Centre
Kori Kostka, RD, Dietitian, West Durham Family Health Team
Michele MacDonald Werstuck, RD, MSc, CDE, Chair, Primary Health Care Action Group, Dietitians of Canada
Presentation Slides