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What's the relationship between nutrition and mental health?
Why should nutrition professionals care about mental health?
Why should mental health professionals prioritize healthy eating?
And how can we promote mental health through healthy eating and nutrition?


Join the Nutrition Resource Centre at our 2017 Forum to find answers to these important questions!

Together with your colleagues from across Ontario, learn and explore why nutrition and mental health need each other. We’re putting together a diverse list of speakers and presenters and diving into the incredibly complex relationship between nutrition and mental health being unveiled by the latest science. You’ll learn of examples of inter-professional collaboration and hear the experiences of your colleagues who’re incorporating nutrition and mental health promotion into their practices and daily work — and how you can as well.  

NRC’s 2017 Forum will combine scientific evidence and practical experiences surrounding nutrition and mental health with moving personal stories and opportunities to network with inspiring leaders in the field. If you’re passionate about maximizing nutrition and mental health together to promote overall health and wellbeing, this is your can’t-miss event of the year!
 
The event is being held as part of the Ontario Public Health Association’s 2017 Annual Fall Forum. Learn more about that Forum (taking place on November 8th, 2017) here.

Moderators
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Ontario Public Health Association

The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a strong, unified, independent voice for all citizens, public-health professionals and volunteers committed to improving the health of Ontarians. OPHA has a very active Board of Directors... Read More →
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Dietitians of Canada

Dietitians of Canada (DC) is the professional association representing 6,000 members at the local, provincial and national levels with regional offices in British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. We are governed... Read More →
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Nutrition Resource Centre

Nutrition Resource Centre
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CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre
CAMH HPRC is part of Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) in the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  EENet is a provincial knowledge exchange network that brings together mental health and additions stakeholders fro... Read More →
avatar for Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health

Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health

The Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH) received its charter in 1977. We are the independent and official voice of Registered Dietitians working in the Ontario public health system. OSNPPH provides leadership in public health nutrition by promoting... Read More →
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Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network
Our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals: The vision of the Canadian Obesity Network-Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO) is to be Canada's authoritative voice on evidence-based approaches for obesity prevention, treatment, and policy. Our mission is to improve the lives of... Read More →
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Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division
Founded in 1952, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to making mental health possible for all. CMHA Ontario achieves its mission by being a leader in the evolution of Ontario’s mental health and addictions... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 TBA
TBA

08:00

Light Breakfast
Thursday November 9, 2017 08:00 - 08:30
COLONY BALLROOM

08:00

Exhibits
Partners
avatar for CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre
CAMH HPRC is part of Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) in the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  EENet is a provincial knowledge exchange network that brings together mental health and additions stakeholders fro... Read More →
avatar for Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario

Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division
Founded in 1952, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to making mental health possible for all. CMHA Ontario achieves its mission by being a leader in the evolution of Ontario’s mental health and addictions... Read More →
avatar for Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network
Our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals: The vision of the Canadian Obesity Network-Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO) is to be Canada's authoritative voice on evidence-based approaches for obesity prevention, treatment, and policy. Our mission is to improve the lives of... Read More →
avatar for Dietitians of Canada

Dietitians of Canada

Dietitians of Canada (DC) is the professional association representing 6,000 members at the local, provincial and national levels with regional offices in British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. We are governed... Read More →
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Nutrition Resource Centre

Nutrition Resource Centre
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Ontario Public Health Association

The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a strong, unified, independent voice for all citizens, public-health professionals and volunteers committed to improving the health of Ontarians. OPHA has a very active Board of Directors... Read More →
avatar for Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health

Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health

The Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH) received its charter in 1977. We are the independent and official voice of Registered Dietitians working in the Ontario public health system. OSNPPH provides leadership in public health nutrition by promoting... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for Mindfulness Without Borders

Mindfulness Without Borders

Mindfulness Without Borders (MWB) is a leading provider of best practices and evidenced-based programs on secular mindfulness and social-emotional intelligence to youth, educators, health and corporate professionals in communities around the world. At its core, our programs build... Read More →
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OPHA New Professionals Network

OPHA New Professionals Network
The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a hub for professional public health activities in the province and has much to offer students and new professionals. The New Professionals Working Group (NPWG) was created in 2013 to magnify the opportunities for those starting out... Read More →
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TEACH

TEACH
The overall goal of the TEACH Project is to offer evidence-based, accredited, accessible, and clinically relevant curricula to a broad range of health practitioners. Our aim is also to enhance treatment capacity for tobacco cessation interventions. Since the beginning of the project... Read More →

Sponsors

Thursday November 9, 2017 08:00 - 08:30
COLONY BALLROOM

08:00

Registration
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Thursday November 9, 2017 08:00 - 08:30
COLONY BALLROOM

08:30

Welcome
Moderators
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Ontario Public Health Association

The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a strong, unified, independent voice for all citizens, public-health professionals and volunteers committed to improving the health of Ontarians. OPHA has a very active Board of Directors... Read More →
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Nutrition Resource Centre

Nutrition Resource Centre

Speakers
avatar for Pegeen Walsh

Pegeen Walsh

Executive Director, Ontario Public Health Association


Thursday November 9, 2017 08:30 - 08:45
COLONY BALLROOM

08:45

On the outside looking in (Jodi Krah)
Jodi Krah is an artist and a patient advocate for people living with obesity. She speaks across Canada to improve the lives of those living with obesity including advocating for improved treatments, research and reduction of discrimination and stigma surrounding obesity. Many years ago, Jodi lost over 100 pounds through non-surgical methods at the Wharton Medical Clinic and has maintained the majority of her loss. In this presentation, you will be inspired by Jodi's personal story and learn how depression, obesity and healthy eating intersect in her experience. 

Moderators
avatar for Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network
Our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals: The vision of the Canadian Obesity Network-Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO) is to be Canada's authoritative voice on evidence-based approaches for obesity prevention, treatment, and policy. Our mission is to improve the lives of... Read More →
avatar for Ximena Ramos Salas

Ximena Ramos Salas

Managing Director, Canadian Obesity Network

Speakers
avatar for Jodi Krah

Jodi Krah

Artist; Public/Patient Advisor, Canadian Obesity Network
Currently Jodi is a patient advocate for people living with obesity. She sits on 2 committees for the Canadian Obesity network:  the Science Committee (as a patient voice) and the Public Engagement Committee. Her career is currently at Habitat for Humanity Niagara. Previously... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 08:45 - 08:55
COLONY BALLROOM

08:55

Why nutrition and mental health matters (Laura Lachance)
Dr. Laura LaChance is a Clinician-Scientist at the Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto and a Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. In this plenary presentation, join Dr. Lachance as she explores what is mental health, why nutrition matters for mental health (and vice versa!) and what the latest science tells us about the impact of nutrition on the brain. You will learn that the secret of good mental health may start at the end of our forks!

Speakers
avatar for Laura Lachance

Laura Lachance

Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health



Thursday November 9, 2017 08:55 - 09:30
COLONY BALLROOM

09:30

Q&A
Speakers
avatar for Jodi Krah

Jodi Krah

Artist; Public/Patient Advisor, Canadian Obesity Network
Currently Jodi is a patient advocate for people living with obesity. She sits on 2 committees for the Canadian Obesity network:  the Science Committee (as a patient voice) and the Public Engagement Committee. Her career is currently at Habitat for Humanity Niagara. Previously... Read More →
avatar for Laura Lachance

Laura Lachance

Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Thursday November 9, 2017 09:30 - 09:45
COLONY BALLROOM

09:50

Nutrition-related strategies to promote mental health across the life-cycle: What works? (Karen Davison)
Can we promote mental health and prevent mental health conditions using nutrition-related strategies?

Join Dr. Karen Davison, the Fulbright Canada Research Chair at the University of Hawaii and a leading expert in nutrition and mental health, as she highlights current theories and evidence on how Integrating healthy eating, nutrition, and mental health strategies into public health and health promotion policies and programs may promote mental health throughout the life cycle.

Moderators
LW

Leslie Whittington-Carter

Manager, Public Affair - Health Systems, Dietitians of Canada

Speakers
avatar for Karen Davison

Karen Davison

Fulbright Canada Research Chair, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
As the first Canadian registered dietitian to be awarded a Fulbright Canada Research Chair, Dr. Davison is currently a scholar at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa and visiting scholar with the Center for Global Health’s Mental Health Thematic Group. Her current research focuses... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 09:50 - 10:30
COLONY BALLROOM

10:30

Exhibits
Moderators
avatar for TEACH

TEACH

TEACH
The overall goal of the TEACH Project is to offer evidence-based, accredited, accessible, and clinically relevant curricula to a broad range of health practitioners. Our aim is also to enhance treatment capacity for tobacco cessation interventions. Since the beginning of the project... Read More →
avatar for Ontario Public Health Association

Ontario Public Health Association

The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a strong, unified, independent voice for all citizens, public-health professionals and volunteers committed to improving the health of Ontarians. OPHA has a very active Board of Directors... Read More →
avatar for Mindfulness Without Borders

Mindfulness Without Borders

Mindfulness Without Borders (MWB) is a leading provider of best practices and evidenced-based programs on secular mindfulness and social-emotional intelligence to youth, educators, health and corporate professionals in communities around the world. At its core, our programs build... Read More →
avatar for Dietitians of Canada

Dietitians of Canada

Dietitians of Canada (DC) is the professional association representing 6,000 members at the local, provincial and national levels with regional offices in British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. We are governed... Read More →
avatar for Nutrition Resource Centre

Nutrition Resource Centre

Nutrition Resource Centre
avatar for CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre
CAMH HPRC is part of Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) in the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  EENet is a provincial knowledge exchange network that brings together mental health and additions stakeholders fro... Read More →
avatar for Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health

Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health

The Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH) received its charter in 1977. We are the independent and official voice of Registered Dietitians working in the Ontario public health system. OSNPPH provides leadership in public health nutrition by promoting... Read More →
avatar for Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network
Our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals: The vision of the Canadian Obesity Network-Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO) is to be Canada's authoritative voice on evidence-based approaches for obesity prevention, treatment, and policy. Our mission is to improve the lives of... Read More →
avatar for OPHA New Professionals Network

OPHA New Professionals Network

OPHA New Professionals Network
The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a hub for professional public health activities in the province and has much to offer students and new professionals. The New Professionals Working Group (NPWG) was created in 2013 to magnify the opportunities for those starting out... Read More →
avatar for Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario

Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division
Founded in 1952, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to making mental health possible for all. CMHA Ontario achieves its mission by being a leader in the evolution of Ontario’s mental health and addictions... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2017 10:30 - 11:00
COLONY BALLROOM

10:30

Dedicated Poster Session

Mediation of Technology in Diabetes Self-Management
Pooja Raghani

Evaluation of Craving Change course and Impact of Emotional Competence on course effectiveness
Fergal  O'Hagan, Krystal LeBreton

The effect of peer support on knowledge and self-efficacy in weight management: A prospective clinical trial in a mental health setting
Claire Hibbert, Emilie Trottier, Marlie Boville, Margaret Hahn

The Weight of Parenting: Cross-Sectional Associations Between Home Environment, Cortisol, and Adiposity in Parents of the Guelph Family Health Study
Valerie Hruska, Andrea Buchholz, Jess Haines, Gerarda Darlington, David Ma

Enhancing the Integration of Mental Health Promotion in Public Health
Kiran  Somjee, Valerie  D'Paiva, Ann Ramkay

Diet and Psychosis: Early findings from a large-scale, scoping and systematic review
Laura LaChance, Monique Aucoin, Kieran Cooley, Drew Ramsey

UOIT Mental Health and Wellness Pilot Study: Food insecurity and mental health in undergraduate students enrolled at the University Of Ontario Institute of Technology
Hattangadi N, Reynolds A, Short M, Smith K, Meckamalil C, Brodie L, Côté P, Smye V, Weaver R, Secord P, Malachowski C, Papaconstantinou E, Carroll L, Frederick T,  Dogra S, Vogel E,  Laffier J.

Psychosocial Factors associated with Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Rural Women
Brian Lo, Rebecca Seguin, Christine Loui, Leah Connor, Judy Ward

Nutritional status, dietary intake and nutrition interventions among neuropsychiatric  patients in Malawi
Susan  Mhango, Alexander Kalimbira, Beatrice Mgagomba

Evaluation of a grub and gab component of a collective kitchen program designed to enhance nutrition and social benefits
Jill Aussant, Janet Phillips

Systems Perspective on Barriers to Nutrition Care for Persons with Mental Health Conditions
Vincent Ng 

Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Disordered Eating between Nutrition and Social Work Students
Janet Madill, Colleen McMillan       


Thursday November 9, 2017 10:30 - 11:00
COLONY BALLROOM

11:00

Food literacy and mental health

Food literacy attributes and mental health
Lucy Valleau, Lyndsay Davidson

In 2016, a Locally Driven Collaborative Project Team conducted a systematic and rigorous scoping review to identify attributes of food literacy and subsequent Delphi to obtain expert opinion to confirm the validity, relevance, and importance of these food literacy attributes in the public health context.  Self-efficacy and Confidence’  is one of the five categories of food literacy. This project builds on previous work where the psycho-social factors such as satisfaction, creativity, social connectedness, feeling healthy, resilience, confidence, and self-efficacy were identified by youth and young parents in determining food literacy. In this presentation, you will learn about the 5 categories and 11 attributes of food literacy and which attributes contributes to mental health and well-being. You will also hear practical, interactive examples of how health practitioners can shift towards a more comprehensive focus on food literacy.


Empowering clients in the kitchen: how to promote food skills and mental health 
Adam Hudson

The Port Hope Northumberland Community Health Centre (PHNCHC) offers a number of food literacy programs geared towards populations at higher risk for mental health issues.  The PHNCHC believes bringing people together in the kitchen to learn about food in a safe and welcoming environment contributes to a number of positive health benefits. This session will share how food and cooking programs can be implemented to help promote food knowledge, food skills, and food access. Specifically, a review of a new cooking program for Northumberland Hills Hospital’s Mental Health Services will outline how culinary education can be initiated in an outreach setting. 


Moderators
avatar for Lynn Roblin

Lynn Roblin

Senior Nutrition Policy Consultant, Nutrition Resource Centre

Speakers
avatar for Lyndsay Davidson

Lyndsay Davidson

Public Health Dietitian, Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit
Lyndsay Davidson is a Registered Dietitian and has been with the Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (CKPHU) since 2004.  She completed her Bachelor of Applied Sciences from the University of Guelph and her Dietetic Internship from London Health Sciences.  At the CKPHU her focus is... Read More →
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Adam Hudson

Community Dietitian, Port Hope Community Health Centre
Adam Hudson is a community registered dietitian who provides nutritional education – making use of his strong culinary background – to promote healthy eating. Along with nutrition degrees from the University of Guelph and Acadia University, Adam has more than eight years of hands-on... Read More →
avatar for Lucy Valleau

Lucy Valleau

York Region Public Health - Nutrition Services, Public Health Dietitian
Lucy Valleau is a Registered Dietitian and Public Health Nutritionist working for York Region Public Health - Nutrition Services in the area of food literacy.  She has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in nutrition from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Health Science... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
TERRACE ROOM

11:00

Interprofessional collaboration to promote mental health and healthy eating in children with obesity
Many children living with obesity experience teasing, bullying and social isolation on a daily basis. In this context, promoting healthy eating and mental health in a sensitive, non-stigmatizing manner is a particularly challenging issue for nutrition and mental health professionals.

In this session, you will hear about two childhood obesity programs - the STOMP at Sick Kids and the Family Reset Program at the Bariatric Medical Institute - and their unique collaborative approaches to support children with obesity. Dietitians and social workers from each program will share how they collaborate to promote healthy eating and mental health and address weight bias and stigma. Several case studies will also be presented.

This session is hosted by the Canadian Obesity Network


About the BMI Family Reset Program

BMI’s Ministry of Health funded Family Reset Program helps parents navigate the four main areas that are involved with healthy lifestyles and in reducing weight – Nutrition, Behaviour, Fitness, and the ability to put it all together – Fusion. The program includes all of the unlimited access to physicians, registered dietitians and certified personal trainers enjoyed by the BMI core program, but also includes cooking classes and unlimited access to a clinical pediatric social worker who will not only help parents learn how best to implement household change, but also with the children in a group setting to work on self-esteem, anti-bullying, body image and stereotypes, depression, anxiety, and anger management – issues often seen consequent to weight struggles.
Learn more about the program here.


About STOMP - Sick Kids Team Obesity Management Program
STOMP is a Weight Management Program focusing on healthy living, located at The Hospital for Sick Children. STOMP currently offers two 24-month long intensive programs. These include:
  • Teen Program: for teenagers with complex obesity aged 12 to 17.5 years.
  • Early Years Program: for children living in the Greater Toronto Area aged six months to five years. This program is run in collaboration with Toronto Public Health.
The goals of STOMP are to:
  • Improve health and quality of life
  • Improve coordination of care
  • Improve communication between care providers about care
  • Involve the patient and patient's family at all times
  • Educate future care providers about how to care for other children with obesity
  • Learn how to improve the health of children with obesity through research
Click here to learn more. 






Moderators
avatar for Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network
Our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals: The vision of the Canadian Obesity Network-Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO) is to be Canada's authoritative voice on evidence-based approaches for obesity prevention, treatment, and policy. Our mission is to improve the lives of... Read More →
avatar for Ximena Ramos Salas

Ximena Ramos Salas

Managing Director, Canadian Obesity Network

Speakers
avatar for Alisa Bar-Dayan

Alisa Bar-Dayan

Dietitian, Sick Kids
Alisa Bar-Dayan completed her BASc in Food & Nutrition at Ryerson University and her dietetic internship at Sickkids Hospital. She has been practicing as a clinical dietitian at Sickkids Hospital since 2003.  Alisa has worked in various departments at the hospital and has a keen... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Gelfand

Melanie Gelfand

Registered Clinical Social Worker, Sick Kids
Melanie Gelfand has been a Registered Clinical Social Worker for over 15 years working with adults, children, families and groups in a variety of settings, which include child welfare, community agencies, primary healthcare and hospitals.  Melanie has worked within multidisciplinary... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Lejasisaks

Lauren Lejasisaks

Registered Dietitian, Bariatric Medical Institute
Lauren Lejasisaks, RD, CDE graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Trent University in 2007 and went on to complete a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition and Food at Ryerson University in 2011. Her love for food, passion for healthy living and desire to help others... Read More →
avatar for Carley O'Kane

Carley O'Kane

Dietitian, Sick Kids
Carley brings a unique and diverse skill set to the field of nutrition, with a career in both clinical care and research focused on childhood obesity prevention and treatment. Upon completing a Food and Nutrition Management diploma at Canadore College, she began working as a food... Read More →
avatar for Stacey Segal

Stacey Segal

Pediatric Social Worker, Bariatric Medical Institute
Stacey Segal completed her BSW from Carleton University and went on to complete her Masters in Social Work at McGill University.  Additionally she has completed both tier one and tier two training of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach with Think Kidsand has continued to receive training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy approach and the Narrative approach.  Stacey Segal is a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and with the Ontario Association for Social Workers.  Stace... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
COLONY BALLROOM

11:00

Promoting mental health in your dietetic practice: Resources and practical tips
Nutrition and mental health has become an emerging and exciting topic. Many healthcare professionals are seeking evidence-based research and practical tips on how to promote mental health wellbeing through nutrition. There is an increasing interest for nutrition professionals to promote mental health as part of their work and practice. 


In this session, join Kelly Matheson and Christina Seely, dietitians working in mental health settings, as they share practical insights on how to support clients living with significant mental illness. The first half of the session will be information on common nutritional issues seen in these populations, and current interventions and challenges. The second half will be an interactive group discussion, where participants are encouraged to review real-life case studies, discuss challenging situations and ask questions. Christina and Kelly will also be sharing a collection of their favourite professional and patient resources through an online database, made available to participants attending the session.


Click here for link to mental health and nutrition resources.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Matheson

Kelly Matheson

Clinical Dietitian, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Kelly completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Guelph, followed by her internship program at Hamilton Health Sciences. Kelly’s professional experience has spanned across many areas of Dietetics, including: public health, research, community homecare... Read More →
avatar for Christina Seely

Christina Seely

Clinical dietitian, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care
Christina Seely BSc RD CDE graduated from Brescia University College in 2004 and completed her dietetic internship at Hamilton Health Sciences in 2005.  She has been a full time clinical inpatient dietitian for Parkwood Institue Mental Health Care (St. Joseph’s Health Care in London... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 11:00 - 12:00
ST DAVID ROOM

12:00

Experiential Lunch Symposium: Harvesting Our Connections - Exploring how strengthening relationships to our Haudenosaunee foods can promote wellbeing
Presented by Six Nations Health Services’ Community Dietitian and Mental Health Worker
Join us for an Experiential Lunch Symposium that will share success stories of how organizational collaboration rooted in Indigenous food and food ways can promote wellbeing.  The attendees will enjoy a lunch featuring foods original to the Territory and be engaged in stories highlighting the ongoing work at Six Nations Health Services.  The audience will gain an understanding of the value in connecting foods to culture and how we are working to support culture as the foundation of wellbeing in the work we are doing.

Lunch Menu


  • Maple glazed salmon
  • Traditional Succotash
  • Braised navy beans with fresh  sorrel
  • Roasted potatoes with wild garlic

Moderators
CA

Candace Aqui

Consultant, Nutrition Resource Centre

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Gordon

Kelly Gordon

Community Dietitian, Six Nations Health Services
Kelly has worked as a Registered Dietitian for almost 15 years, focusing on community health.  Kelly is Kanyen’keha (Mohawk) and a proud mother of two energetic children.  A graduate from McGill University, she has strived to use her education, opportunities and knowledge to work... Read More →
avatar for Crystal St-Jean

Crystal St-Jean

Mental Health Worker, Six Nations Health Services
Crystal has worked in Mental Health for over 4 years.  Crystal is Anishnaabe (Ojibway) Loon Clan, and a mother of one.  She is a graduate from McMaster University and is a certified Life Skills Coach.  Since graduating she has worked in the Six Nations community at Six Nations... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 12:00 - 12:45
TERRACE ROOM

12:00

Lunch
Thursday November 9, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
COLONY BALLROOM

12:00

Exhibits
Partners
avatar for CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre
CAMH HPRC is part of Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) in the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  EENet is a provincial knowledge exchange network that brings together mental health and additions stakeholders fro... Read More →
avatar for Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario

Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division
Founded in 1952, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to making mental health possible for all. CMHA Ontario achieves its mission by being a leader in the evolution of Ontario’s mental health and addictions... Read More →
avatar for Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network

Canadian Obesity Network
Our Vision, Mission, and Strategic Goals: The vision of the Canadian Obesity Network-Réseau canadien en obésité (CON-RCO) is to be Canada's authoritative voice on evidence-based approaches for obesity prevention, treatment, and policy. Our mission is to improve the lives of... Read More →
avatar for Dietitians of Canada

Dietitians of Canada

Dietitians of Canada (DC) is the professional association representing 6,000 members at the local, provincial and national levels with regional offices in British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada. We are governed... Read More →
avatar for Ontario Public Health Association

Ontario Public Health Association

The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a not-for-profit organization that provides a strong, unified, independent voice for all citizens, public-health professionals and volunteers committed to improving the health of Ontarians. OPHA has a very active Board of Directors... Read More →
avatar for Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health

Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health

The Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH) received its charter in 1977. We are the independent and official voice of Registered Dietitians working in the Ontario public health system. OSNPPH provides leadership in public health nutrition by promoting... Read More →
avatar for OPHA New Professionals Network

OPHA New Professionals Network

OPHA New Professionals Network
The Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) is a hub for professional public health activities in the province and has much to offer students and new professionals. The New Professionals Working Group (NPWG) was created in 2013 to magnify the opportunities for those starting out... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre

CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre
CAMH HPRC is part of Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) in the Provincial System Support Program (PSSP) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  EENet is a provincial knowledge exchange network that brings together mental health and additions stakeholders fro... Read More →


Thursday November 9, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
COLONY BALLROOM

12:00

Posters
Diet, depression and anxiety: the links in a sample of Australian nursing students
Saman Khalesi, Susan  Williams

Mediation of Technology in Diabetes Self-Management
Pooja Raghani

Evaluation of Craving Change course and Impact of Emotional Competence on course effectiveness
Fergal  O'Hagan, Krystal LeBreton

The effect of peer support on knowledge and self-efficacy in weight management: A prospective clinical trial in a mental health setting
Claire Hibbert, Emilie Trottier, Marlie Boville, Margaret Hahn

The Weight of Parenting: Cross-Sectional Associations Between Home Environment, Cortisol, and Adiposity in Parents of the Guelph Family Health Study
Valerie Hruska, Andrea Buchholz, Jess Haines, Gerarda Darlington, David Ma

Enhancing the Integration of Mental Health Promotion in Public Health
Kiran  Somjee, Valerie  D'Paiva, Ann Ramkay

Diet and Psychosis: Early findings from a large-scale, scoping and systematic review
Laura LaChance, Monique Aucoin, Kieran Cooley, Drew Ramsey

A pilot study of the prevalence and association of food insecurity with mental health and wellness in undergraduate students enrolled at the University Of Ontario Institute of Technology
Hattangadi N, Reynolds A, Short M, Smith K, Meckamalil C, Brodie L, Côté P, Smye V, Weaver R, Secord P, Malachowski C, Papaconstantinou E, Carroll L, Frederick T,  Dogra S, Vogel E,  Laffier J.

Psychosocial Factors associated with Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among Rural Women
Brian Lo, Rebecca Seguin, Christine Loui, Leah Connor, Judy Ward

Nutritional status, dietary intake and nutrition interventions among neuropsychiatric  patients in Malawi
Susan  Mhango, Alexander Kalimbira, Beatrice Mgagomba

Evaluation of a grub and gab component of a collective kitchen program designed to enhance nutrition and social benefits
Jill Aussant, Janet Phillips

“We’ve Been Put to Sleep”: Psychological Resiliency in Indigenous Food Systems
Nicole Spiegelaar

Developing a school-based intervention to reduce weight bias
Alexa Ferdinands


Thursday November 9, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
COLONY BALLROOM

13:00

Diet, dementia and depression
Diet and nutrition are integral to all components of health, including mental health. This presentation will provide an overview of the evidence with respect to prevention of dementia and depression in later life. Common characteristics of anti-inflammatory, MIND, Blue Zones and Mediterranean diets will be discussed. For those with advanced dementia, mealtimes as an activity to promote quality of life will also be discussed.

Moderators
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Leslie Whittington-Carter

Manager, Public Affair - Health Systems, Dietitians of Canada

Speakers
avatar for Heather Keller

Heather Keller

Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging, University of Waterloo
Heather Keller RD PhD is the Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging at the University of Waterloo. Research programs cross the continuum of care and are focused on improving the nutritional status and food intake of older adults. As Co-Chair of the Canadian Malnutrition Task... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 13:00 - 13:25
COLONY BALLROOM

13:00

Take a N.A.P: How Nutrition, Activity and Physical environment affect children's ability to focus and self-regulate
Research indicates that enabling children with self-regulation skills impacts their emotional well being which positions them to better succeed academically.  Behavior is not only greatly impacted by food choices but also the opportunity for exercise and their physical environment. Participants will be provided with practical strategies to optimize readiness for learning in the classroom and at home using the NAP challenge: Nutrition, Activity and Physical environment checklist.

Moderators
avatar for Kayla Glynn

Kayla Glynn

Internship Coordinator, Brescia University College

Speakers
avatar for Paola Azzuolo

Paola Azzuolo

Occupational Therapist, All Kids Can Fly
Paola Azzuolo is a mother of four adult children with over 30 years of experience as an occupational therapist.  She started her career in 1984 in adult mental health.  Since 1998, she has been working in paediatrics and loving it, as it is a coming together of the whole person... Read More →
avatar for Anna Carpino-Mongeon

Anna Carpino-Mongeon

Registered Dietitian and Ontario Certified Teacher, All Kids Can Fly
Anna Carpino-Mongeon is a Registered Dietitian and an Ontario Certified Teacher. She has been providing nutritional care and counselling to patients of all ages and their families, across varied states of health and disease, since 1992.  Her passion for learning and teaching continued... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 13:00 - 13:25
ST DAVID ROOM

13:30

Interprofessional collaboration to promote mental health
Nutrition and mental health co-exist. The importance of public health practice to support mental health (MH) and promote healthy eating is emerging. A Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian collaborated to develop and provide a workshop for nutrition educators (professional and non-professional frontline staff). The goal of this interprofessional project was to increase knowledge, understanding and staff capacity of MH and MH promotion through nutrition respectively. Following the workshop, staff were provided with resources and a revised curriculum that integrated evidence-based, nutrition-related messages. These resources are used during group education of minority/marginalised populations and with individuals during nutrition counselling sessions.

Moderators
EN

Eric Ng

Health Equity Specialist, Toronto Public Health

Speakers
avatar for Ana Lina ARAYON

Ana Lina ARAYON

Community Nutrition Educator, Toronto Public Health
Currently Ana Lina is a Community Nutrition Educator for the Peer Nutrition Program of Toronto Public Health. She provides training to parents and caregivers of children six years old and under within ethno-racial / cultural communities about healthy eating. She facilitates group... Read More →
avatar for Anjali Gopinath

Anjali Gopinath

Consultant, Nutrition Promotion, Peer Nutrition, Early Years Child Health & Development, Toronto Public Health
Anjali holds a Consultant (Nutrition Promotion) role at Toronto Public Health. Her work includes planning, implementing and evaluating nutrition programmes for Toronto's Indigenous & ethno-cultural communities. She has worked with other City Divisions and community consultants, across... Read More →


Thursday November 9, 2017 13:30 - 13:55
TERRACE ROOM

13:30

The Anti-depressant Food Score: Evidence-Based Nutrient Profiling System for Depression
This presentation describes the Anti-depressant Food Score, a nutrient profiling system devised to assist in the treatment of depressive disorders. Evidence suggests dietary pattern is key to the prevention and treatment of depressive disorders, yet treatment rarely includes food recommendations. Nutrient profiling systems rank foods according to nutrient density and guide consumer choice and clinical recommendations.  No current food rating scale focuses on nutrients required for mental health. The Anti-depressant Food Score lists foods and food categories with the highest concentrations of 12 antidepressant nutrients that should be considered by consumers and clinicians as dietary options to support prevention and recovery from depression.

A systematic literature review was conducted to derive a list of Antidepressant Nutrients from the 34 nutrients known to be essential for humans using level of evidence criteria. Nutritional data was extracted for a subset of foods with a high content of at least 1 Antidepressant Nutrient using a USDA database.(1). These foods were analyzed for Antidepressant Nutrient density resulting in an Antidepressant Food Score (AFS).  Plant and animal foods were analyzed separately.

Twelve Antidepressant Nutrients relate to the genesis, treatment, and prognosis of depressive disorders: Folate, iron, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA), magnesium, potassium, selenium, thiamine, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, and zinc. The highest scoring foods were bivalves such as oysters and mussels, various seafoods and organ meats for animal foods. The highest scoring plant foods were leafy greens, lettuces, peppers, and cruciferous vegetables.    

The Antidepressant Food Score is based on a nutrient profiling system devised to assist in the treatment of depressive disorders. This list of foods and food categories with the highest concentrations of the 12 Antidepressant Nutrients, the Antidepressant Foods, should be considered by consumers and clinicians as dietary options to support prevention and recovery from depression.

Moderators
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Tameika Shaw

Registered Dietitian, TAIBU Community Health Centre

Speakers
avatar for Laura Lachance

Laura Lachance

Psychiatrist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health



Thursday November 9, 2017 13:30 - 13:55
COLONY BALLROOM

13:30

The Community Food Centre Model: Using Food Programming to promote healthy eating, improve mental health and provide spaces for social inclusion
Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) has created a multi-pronged model called the Community Food Centre (CFC). CFCs bring food, place and programming together which promotes positive social interaction for individuals who are facing income instability. Results from annual surveys indicate that people attending CFCs feel a sense of belonging to a community and increase their social network. At this workshop you will learn how to develop programs and spaces with an emphasis on social inclusion. We will also examine the role that food can play in making a positive impact on mental health through interventions like community gardens, kitchens and meal programs.

Moderators
avatar for Lynn Roblin

Lynn Roblin

Senior Nutrition Policy Consultant, Nutrition Resource Centre

Speakers
avatar for Rekha Cherian

Rekha Cherian

Program Manager, Community Food Centres of Canada
Rekha Cherian joined the Community Food Centres Canada team in 2017 as a program manager to support existing and the development of new Community Food Centres across Canada. She has a Masters of Social Work from Dalhousie University and brings several years of experience working... Read More →
avatar for Linor David

Linor David

Program Manager, Community Food Centres of Canada
Linor David joined Community Food Centres Canada in 2014 as a program manager to support the development of partner Community Food Centres. She has worked previously for Queen West Community Health Centre as a health promoter and at The Stop Community Food Centre. Her interest lie... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 13:30 - 13:55
ST DAVID ROOM

14:00

Gut microbiome and mental health
Moderators
avatar for Kayla Glynn

Kayla Glynn

Internship Coordinator, Brescia University College

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Harvie

Ruth Harvie

Visiting Researcher, Western University



Thursday November 9, 2017 14:00 - 14:25
COLONY BALLROOM

14:00

Helping Without Harming: Weight stigma, nutrition and physical disabilities
People with obesity experience weight stigma not only from friends, family, strangers and the media, but also from healthcare practitioners. Despite good intentions, many healthcare professionals make assumptions about someone’s diet or lifestyle based on their weight. This can lead to poorer health, avoidance of healthcare, increased anxiety and low self-esteem. People with both physical disabilities and obesity face unique challenges regarding weight stigma. In this presentation, we will highlight client stories regarding weight stigma in the context of physical disabilities and its impact on mental health and nutrition.

Moderators
avatar for Ximena Ramos Salas

Ximena Ramos Salas

Managing Director, Canadian Obesity Network

Speakers
avatar for Rosemary Romeo

Rosemary Romeo

Social Worker, Anne Johnston Health Station-Tobias House Attendant Care
Rosemary Romeo is a registered social worker and psychotherapist currently working at the Anne Johnston Health Station – Tobias House Attendant Care Inc. Rosemary primarily offers mental health / counselling services across all targeted populations which include youth, seniors and... Read More →
avatar for Josee Sovinsky

Josee Sovinsky

Dietitian, The Anne Johnston Health Station - Tobias House Attendant Care
Josée Sovinsky is a Registered Dietitian who specializes in eating disorders, intuitive eating and community nutrition. She holds an Honours Bachelor in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Ottawa. She has experience working in community health, health promotion and clinical... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 14:00 - 14:25
ST DAVID ROOM

14:00

Using a “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” Approach in Public Health
Traditional, deficit-based approaches, focusing on individual behaviours to address obesity and weight have been ineffective and may lead to unintended negative consequences. New literature supports the use of a strengths-based approach to promoting health. This approach creates healthy, supportive environments and encourages community action that enables healthy balanced eating, regular physical activity and mental well-being for everyone, regardless of weight, shape or size. The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit supports this new way of thinking through their “Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds” position statement. This presentation will highlight the Health Unit’s journey of embedding a culture of health, wellness and resilience into our organization. We will share successes and lessons learned along with resources and tools developed to support the implementation of this approach both internally and externally.


Moderators
EN

Eric Ng

Health Equity Specialist, Toronto Public Health

Speakers
avatar for Dana Hawthorne

Dana Hawthorne

Registered Dietitian and Public Health Nutritionist, Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
Dana Hawthorne started working at the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit two years ago. Her work is primarily with the 0-6 age group, and she actively supports the Child Health, Reproductive Health and Healthy Babies Healthy Children teams. Dana joined the “Healthy... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Shewfelt

Danielle Shewfelt

Public Health Nurse, Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit
Danielle Shewfelt has spent the last 19 years working in Public Health. The majority of this time she has spent working in the community on the topics of Physical Activity, Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds and Healthy Eating with part of her role being the Physical Activity Lead at her... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 14:00 - 14:25
TERRACE ROOM

14:35

Escaping the poverty trap - The link between poverty and mental health (Michael Creek)
Michael Creek is a survivor of cancer, physical and mental abuse, homelessness and poverty. In this presentation, Michael shares his personal journey out of poverty, recovery from cancer and mental illness, highlighting the interlocking relationship between mental health, poverty and healty eating in his experience.


Moderators
avatar for Tamar Meyer

Tamar Meyer

supervisor, CAMH
CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre (CAMH HPRC) is Ontario's source for health promotion evidence regarding mental health and substance use and we build related capacity in health promotion, public health and allied health professionals. In addition, our other primary activities... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Michael Creek

Michael Creek

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Working for Change
Michael Creek is the Director of Strategic Initiatives with Working for Change, former Coordinator of the Toronto Speakers Bureau; Voices from the Street, where he has learned research, public policy and public speaking. Michael sits on the board of Inner City Family Health Team Saint... Read More →


Thursday November 9, 2017 14:35 - 14:45
COLONY BALLROOM

14:45

Exploring the food insecurity and mental health connection (Lynn McIntyre)
Household food insecurity is operationally defined as the lack of access to food because of financial constraints. Household food insecurity has repeatedly been shown to have an adverse impact on physical health and nutrition. A growing body of evidence has also pointed to a detrimental association between household food insecurity and mental well-being. This presentation describes this association for a variety of mental health conditions across the lifespan and explores the mechanisms by which househood food insecurity might be causal for mental health problems and the bi-directionality of the relationship. 

Moderators
avatar for Tamar Meyer

Tamar Meyer

supervisor, CAMH
CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre (CAMH HPRC) is Ontario's source for health promotion evidence regarding mental health and substance use and we build related capacity in health promotion, public health and allied health professionals. In addition, our other primary activities... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lynn McIntyre

Lynn McIntyre

Professor Emerita of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary
Lynn McIntyre is Professor Emerita of Community Health Sciences in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She retired from her active faculty position in November 2015.  She continues to be involved in household food insecurity research and in population health advancement. Dr. McIntyre holds both a medical degree and master's degree in Commu... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 14:45 - 15:15
COLONY BALLROOM

15:30

When the voices fell silent - The role of nutrition in my recovery from Schizophrenia (Sean Miller)
Sean Miller, an accomplished musician and vocalist, was unable to fully live life for over a decade due to suffering with schizophrenia that began in 1996. For years, Sean searched for answers until he and his wife Doris discovered a new healthy lifestyle and nutrition approach to treatment that ultimately changed their lives. He has since completely recovered and has refocused his life’s passion. Now an advocate for those suffering with mental illness and co-founder of Thrive Mental Health, he is determined to share the information that helped him become symptom and medication-free. Join Sean as he shares his moving personal story and the powerful role of nutrition in his recovery from schizophrenia.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Miller

Sean Miller

Partnership for Recovery Coordinator, CMHA Manitoba; Co-Founder, Thrive Mental Health
Sean Miller is an engaging leader with a penchant for working with health and public systems to create conditions that support mental health recovery and equip people to live meaningful, purpose-filled lives. A long-time drummer and singer, Sean’s early adulthood pursuit of... Read More →



Thursday November 9, 2017 15:30 - 15:50
COLONY BALLROOM

15:50

Nutrition and mental health - What's next?
Speakers
avatar for Drew Ramsey

Drew Ramsey

Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Dr. Drew Ramsey is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He completed his specialty training in adult psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute and received an M.D. from Indiana... Read More →


Thursday November 9, 2017 15:50 - 16:00
COLONY BALLROOM

16:00

Closing Reflections
Moderators
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Nutrition Resource Centre

Nutrition Resource Centre

Thursday November 9, 2017 16:00 - 16:15
COLONY BALLROOM