Nutrition Resources

This section of the site provides quick access to case studies and helpful on-line social marketing resources for fostering nutrition-related behaviours. We welcome suggestions for additional case studies and resources

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Nov. 23, 2016 Five New Materials Added in this Topic Category in 2016
We've added one new case study and four new resources this past year. You can see the case studies in the left hand column below and the resources in the right hand column below.  Let us know what you think.
Sept. 3, 2015

According to 2014 consumer research report by Price Waterhouse Coopers (The Wearable Future) more than 80 per cent of consumers listed eating healthier, exercising smarter and accessing more convenient medical care as important benefits of wearable technology.  Also - note the newly-posted report on the use of telephone and web-based technologies, and a recent report on heart health in the USA. Heart age is the calculated age of a persons cardiovascular system based on his or her risk factor profile. The risks include diabetes status and body mass index as an indicator for obesity. See the right hand column below.

 

 

Most Recent Nutrition Case Studies

Growing Healthy Kids  EnvironmentHealth

This well-documented obesity prevention program pilot for low-income families in Carrboro NC (USA) featured three main components. Weekly work sessions in a community garden provided gardening instruction and practice opportunities and a familiarity with the vegetables. A seven-week workshop series covered cooking and nutrition. Social activities and events built and maintained interest in the garden and fostered interaction between garden members. By the end of their participation in the program, 17% (n=6, p<0.004) of obese or overweight children had improved their BMI classification and 100% of the children with a BMI classification of normal had maintained that BMI classification.

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Cage-Free Campus  EnvironmentHealth

In 2005, The Humane Society of the United States (the HSUS) hatched a plan to replace conventionally produced eggs served on college campuses with cage-free alternatives, by appealing to students’ interest in social issues and addressing administrators’ practical concerns. Now led by The Humane League (THL) in the United States and by other organizations internationally, the campaign has resulted in millions of eggs now sourced from cage-free rather than “factory farming” facilities. A step-by-step playbook showing how to achieve campus-wide support and engage dining service managers guides student leaders implementing the campaign at their schools.

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Fork It Over!  EnvironmentHealth

Fork it Over! is a peer-to-peer initiative that helps food businesses in Portland Oregon to donate surplus prepared, perishable foods that have not been served, by showing that it is safe, simple and the right thing to do. It recruits food businesses to make written, public commitments to donate food regularly, reinforces and publicizes those commitments, and prompts action at the moment when donations are available. It also leverages partnership support from key industry leaders and associations to reinforce the social and cultural value of food donation, and provides regular reinforcement for participating through free advertising.

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Montreal Dietary Dispensary  Health

This award-winning program was established to help disadvantaged women give birth to babies of healthy weight, by providing nutritional counselling and support to expectant mothers at risk.

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Most Recent Nutrition Resources

Impact of the Berkeley Excise Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption  Health

In March 2015, Berkeley California became the first US jurisdiction to implement a tax ($0.01/oz) on sugar-sweetened beverages. Consumption of SSBs decreased 21% in Berkeley and increased 4% in comparison cities. Water consumption increased more in Berkeley (+63%) than in comparison cities (+19%; P<0.01).

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Engaging Teachers to Communicate Scientific Consensus on Climate Change and Other Topics  EnvironmentHealthSafety

When consensus about a risk or mitigating behavior is newly developed and/or not clearly understood, communicating that consensus through teachers / instructors can be critical. While this blog entry focuses on climate change, it may also apply to new understandings in many topic areas.

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Program Impact Attribution  EnvironmentHealthSafety

This document provides a brief summary of options for assessing what portion of any measured behavior changes resulted from your program and what portion resulted from other influences. These options can also be used to attribute the affects of your program on a wide range of related variables such as resources used, pollutants released, accident rates and health status.

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Program Evaluation Methods; Measurement and Attribution of Program Results  EnvironmentHealthSafety

A good, detailed, freely accessible overview of program evaluation and attribution methods.

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Heart Health in the USA  Health

This is the first study to provide population-level estimates of heart age in the USA and to highlight disparities in heart age nationwide. "Heart age" is the calculated age of a person's cardiovascular system based on his or her risk factor profile. The risks include high blood pressure, cigarette smoking, diabetes status, and body mass index as an indicator for obesity.

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Personal Health Promotion Interventions Using Telephone and Web-based Technologies  EnvironmentHealth

This report covers telephone and web-based coaching interventions for increasing physical activity, improving nutrition and reducing weight.

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Social and Behavior Communication Change Implementation Kit to Support Faith-Based Organization Breastfeeding Interventions  Health

Straightforward guidance and interactive tools to assist in developing breastfeeding Social and behavior change communication. While this kit was designed with faith-based organizations in mind, any type of organization seeking to improve breastfeeding practices can use it. From the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs.

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Talking Food Systems  Health

This toolkit presents new research on how Americans think about the food we eat, the way it is produced and delivered, and the policies that affect it.

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Framing Food and Fitness as a Public Issue  Health

This framing toolkit contains research and applications exploring how Americans think about nutrition and physical activity, the community environments that affect health behavior, and the policies that have an impact.

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Health Sponsorship Council  Health

Provides access to research and program reports on the topics of tobacco, sun safety, gambling, nutrition, and physical activity. The HSC is a New Zealand crown entity that promotes health and encourages healthy lifestyles.

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Hints (Health Information National Trends Survey)  Health

HINTS collects nationally representative data routinely about the American public's use of cancer-related information (including specific cancers, nutrition, physical activity, tobacco.

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EPPI-Centre  EnvironmentHealthSafety

Contains reviews of research evidence on interventions related to active transportation (walking and cycling), rod safety, physical activity, heart health (cardiovascular disease), HIV / AIDS, nutrition, obesity, tobacco (smoking), conflict resolution, crime, education, and employment.

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CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity  Health

Includes social marketing case studies related nutrition, physical activity and obesity; and a segmentation of U.S. adults by attitudes and behaviors (using the five energy balance segments developed from Porter Novelli's ConsumerStyles© and HealthStyles© survey databases)

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Research-Tested Intervention Programs  Health

RTIPs is a searchable database of cancer control interventions and program materials and is designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to research-tested materials.

Topics include specific cancers, diet / nutrition, obesity, physical activity, sun safety and tobacco

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Health-Evidence.ca  EnvironmentHealthSafety

A free, searchable online registry of systematic reviews on the effectiveness of public health and health promotion interventions. The content has been quality rated. Bilingual (English and French).

Topics include: AIDS, environmental health, fitness, injury prevention, nutrition, safety, cycling, walking, water quality

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