APCCP Fall 2019 E-News
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In This Issue
  • ICYMI: Alberta’s 2019 Nutrition Report Card on Food Environments for Children and Youth
  • 2019 Federal Election Countdown 
  • Stop Marketing to Kids: Advocacy Must Continue
  • Member Spotlight: POWER Research Lab
  • Publication Round-Up
ICYMI: Alberta’s 2019 Nutrition Report Card on Food Environments for Children and Youth

“This is the first time data has been available on foods offered in childcare centres and it’s not what we expected to see. Provincial licensing requires that Canada’s Food Guide or Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth must be followed. We gave a ‘D’ with only 27 per cent reporting meeting that benchmark.”
— Kim Raine, Professor in the School of Public Health and co-author of the 2019 Nutrition Report Card on Food Environments for Children and Youth.

Alberta’s 2019 Nutrition Report Card on Food Environments for Children and Youth has been released! How did Alberta score? Read the report and find out some recommendations to help Alberta's young children

2019 Nutrition Report Card
2019 Federal Election Countdown 
The 2019 Federal Election is fast approaching. Are you prepared to cast your vote?

Take a look at Heart & Stroke’s Federal Election Survey to see how federal parties stack up on key health issues, including:
  • Front-of-pack labelling
  • Restricting unhealthy food and beverage marketing to children
  • School food
  • Vaping regulations
H&S Federal Election Survey
Stop Marketing to Kids: Advocacy Must Continue
"The evidence is clear, and other countries have led the way. The work to craft an effective bill to protect Canadian children from the marketing of junk food and beverages is complete. Protecting our children from marketing of unhealthy foods must remain a priority going into the next election."

The Child Health Protection Act: advocacy must continue
Norm R.C. Campbell and Nancy Greene Raine

This recent article in CMAJ outlines the fate of Bill S-228 and why protecting our children from marketing of unhealthy foods must remain a priority moving forward.

Click the link below to learn more about how you can help support continued advocacy to restrict unhealthy food and beverage marketing to young people. 
Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition
Member Spotlight:
POWER Research Lab
Led by Dr. Kim Raine, Promoting Optimal Weights through Ecological Research (POWER) is a research program at the University of Alberta School of Public Health, which explores the social and environmental determinants of obesity. POWER focuses on the ways in which social conditions and people’s behaviours interact to transmit obesity and chronic diseases through social means.

POWER team projects include:
  • Impact of benchmarking food environments on policies and actions to promote healthy eating for reducing cancer risk
  • The Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Eat, Play, Live: a population intervention to promote nutrition guideline implementation in recreation facilities across three Canadian provinces
  • Digital food environments: implications for healthy eating (Dr. Melissa Fernandez, CIHR Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • The social organization of young people's weight experiences (Alexa Ferdinands, PhD Candidate)
  • Engaging communities in monitoring local food environments: experiences of stakeholders in policy development and social change (Breanne Aylward, MSC student)
  • Food for thought: a qualitative study exploring food skills education as a determinant of healthy eating (Shelby Johnson, MSc student)
Recently, Dr. Kim Raine was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor. The honour of University of Alberta Distinguished Professor is one of the highest honours this University can bestow on a member of its academic staff, reserved for individuals who have achieved international recognition in research, outstanding distinction in teaching and student supervision, and they must be regarded as exceptional citizens of the University. 
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Publication Round-Up
A round-up of recent publications from APCCP member organizations and colleagues. 

School active transportation planning and implementation: exploring the perspectives of champions across Alberta, Canada
Journal of Transport & Health, December 2018
Macridis, McFadden, Johnston, Torrance & McEwan 

Are young Canadians supportive of proposed nutrition policies and regulations? An overview of policy support and the impact of socio-demographic factors on public opinion
Canadian Journal of Public Health, August 2018
Bhawra, Reid, White, Vanderlee, Raine & Hammond

Why public health matters today and tomorrow: the role of applied public health research
Canadian Journal of Public Health, March 2019
McLaren & colleagues 

Insights on the influence of sugar taxes on obesity prevention efforts
Current Nutrition Report, June 2019
Fernandez & Raine

To me, policy is government”: creating a locally driven healthy food environment in the Canadian Arctic
Health & Place, June 2019
Fournier, Kushner & Raine

Advancing strategies for agenda setting by health policy coalitions: a network analysis of the Canadian chronic disease prevention survey
Health Communication, October 2019
McGetrick, Raine, Wild & Nykiforuk

Healthy vending contracts: do localized policy approaches improve the nutrition environment in publicly funded recreation and sport facilities?
Preventive Medicine Reports, December 2019
Lane & colleagues

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Shaping the Future 2020
Ever Active Schools
January 30 - February 1st, 2020
Lake Louise, AB

Public Health 2020
Canadian Public Health Association
April 28-30th, 2020
Winnipeg, MB 

16th World Congress on Public Health 2020
Oct 12-17th, 2020
Rome, Italy
Tools & Resources
Active Workplace Audit Toolkit 
Center for Active Living

2020 Healthy Community Grants application
Deadline: October 31st, 2019
Community Choosewell 

2019 Alberta Nutrition Report Card
Benchmarking Food Environments Project | APCCP
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