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Nutrition Resource Centre

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c/o Ontario Public Health Association
700 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 310
Toronto, ON M6A 3B4
Tel: (416) 367-3313 x247 (Toll-free 1-800-267-6817 x 247)
Fax: (416) 367-2844
lrysdale@opha.on.ca
http://www.nutritionrc.ca

The Nutrition Resource Centre website includes resources, programs, a list serv, and news and events.

For more information contact Lee Rysdale, MEd, RD, Program Coordinator, Nutrition Resource Centre, at the coordinates above.

NutriSTEP® (Nutrition Screening Tool for Every Preschooler)

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NutriSTEP® (Nutrition Screening Tool for Every Preschooler) is a fast and simple way to assess eating habits and identify nutrition problems early in young children 3–5 years of age. The NutriSTEP® questionnaire includes 17 items covering: food and nutrient intake, physical growth, developmental and physical capabilities, physical activity, food security and the feeding environment. It is intended for use by community professionals and should be completed by the child’s parent or primary caregiver, whoever is most knowledgeable about the child’s eating and other health habits.

Validity Project Program & Resources

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Hear Me, Understand Me, Support Me: What Young Women Want You to Know about Depression explores the diverse challenges that young women experience in relation to depression; prevention strategies; healthy helping relationships; the dos and don’ts of working with young women; and referrals and resources that can provide more information. The intent of this guide is to focus on girls’ and young women’s voices, and to help you continue your work with them by providing tools and information that validate their voices, and the choices and challenges they face.

The VALIDITY♀ Project launches the new Girls Talk Program Guide in Fall 2009

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I Introduction – What is the VALIDITY♀ Project?
II Girls Talk: A Program that Aims to Prevent Depression in Young Women from CAMH
III Project Resources for Providers
IV Lessons Learned

--submitted by Cathy Thompson, Project Lead, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

I Introduction– What is the VALIDITY♀ Project?

Web Resources Related to Obesity and the Impact of Marketing on Children: Developing an Intersectoral Policy Consensus Conference (OHPE 626)

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The Policy Consensus Conference materials are available on the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) website including the consensus statement and the Healthy Weights for Healthy Kids report by the Standing Committee on Health, March 2007. Available at http://www.cdpac.ca/content.php?doc=107.

Obesity and the Impact of Marketing on Children: Developing an Intersectoral Policy Consensus Conference

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I Introduction
II Background
III Marketing to Children
IV About the Conference
V CDPAC position statement
VI Lessons learned

--submitted by Manuel Arango, conference co-chair and Assistant Director, Health Policy (Government Relations & Advocacy), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

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Obesity, particularly childhood obesity, is recognized as a growing health concern for health promoters, governments, health organizations and the general public.

Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

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Active Healthy Kids Canada has released its fifth Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. This year, the focus of the report is on the important role physical activity plays in facilitating learning and academic performance. Children and youth who are more physically active showed improved memory, concentration and attention span - leading to better results in school.

The report card also highlights inequities in physical activity - especially for low-income children and youth and those with disabilities.

Some findings to note are:

Related Journal Articles

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Type of Resource: Article
 Bray, G.A. (2003). Evaluation of obesity, Who are the obese?, Postgraduate Medicine, 114 (6), 19-27, 38.

Evans, J. (2003). Physical education and health: A polemic or 'let them eat cake!', European Physical Education Review. 9(1), 87-101.

Flegal, K.M. Graubard, B.I., Williamson, D.F., & Gail, M.H. (2005). Excess deaths associated with underweight, overweight, and obesity, Journal of American Medical Association, 293, 15, 1861-1867.

Resources from Statscan

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 Shields, M. (July 2005). Overweight Canadian Children and Youth, Nutrition: Findings from the Canadian Community Health Survey. Retrieved July 22, 2005.

Tjepkema, M. (July 2005). Adult Obesity in Canada: Measured Height and Weight and Overweight Canadian Children and Youth, Nutrition: Findings from the Canadian Community Health Survey. Retrieved July 22, 2005.

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