On November 10th, health professionals, industry members and academia gathered at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair to attend the 3rd Annual Health Professionals’ Forum. Presenters included academics, Dr. Alison Duncan who discussed the link between agriculture, food and health, and Dr. Ken Stark who explained strategies to help improve omega-3 intake in Long Term Care and retirement homes. In addition Elaine de Grandpre from Health Canada shed some light on the new initiative to help consumers better understand the Nutrition Facts label. And finally, before touring the Royal, attendees engaged in a panel discussion on functional foods hosted by Leslie Beck, R.D.
1st Annual A-HA Newsletter is now available!November 10, 2010
The 1st annual A-HA Newsletter is now available on the A-HA website. It provides an update on A-HA’s research and dissemination activities in 2010.
Seniors Health Research Transfer Network’s Nutrition Community of PracticeOctober 10, 2010
The Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN) has developed a new Nutrition Community of Practice (CoP), which aims to link practitioners together to exchange information and knowledge on topics related to nutrition for older adults. A-HA is a member of the core working group.
The goals of the Nutrition CoP are to:
- Link current and future practitioners involved in the nutrition care of older adults.
- Promote evidence-based nutrition care for older adults by supporting knowledge exchange among experts, researchers, professional organizations, practitioners, and caregivers.
- Disseminate best practices in nutrition care to frontline caregivers.
- Stimulate research on food and nutrition issues for older adults.
As the Nutrition CoP develops, membership is expected to expand to include a variety of regulated professionals, caregivers, researchers, and policy makers, reflecting the importance of nutrition on the health of older adults.
Canadian researchers to unlock functional food habits of older adultsSeptember 30, 2010
A-HA researcher Dr. Alison Duncan and co-investigator Dr. Judy Sheeshka were featured on Nutraingredients.com. The team is starting a project funded by the Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research to better understand older adults consumption, awareness, and understanding of functional foods.
Closing the Gaps between Research, Education and PracticeJune 17, 2010
The Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA) was profiled in the June 2010 issue of Long Term Care magazine. The article discusses the broad scope of research the RIA is engaged in to help improve older adults’ health and well-being.
View the full article on the OLTCA website (pg 20).