Bridging the Gaps in Ontario Agriculture, Food, Nutrition and Health to Create Healthy Aging Strategies

A-HA Team LeadDuncan, A ( Principal Investigator) PartnersDuizer, L (Co-l Investigator)
Dunn, H (Co-l Investigator)
Keller, H (Co-l Investigator)
Stark, K (Co-l Investigator)
Project Date2014 – 2018

Agri-food for Healthy Aging (A-HA) is a collaborative, multidisciplinary research and knowledge translation group that works together to realize opportunities for Ontario’s agri-food and health sectors to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults through the innovative use of food. There continues to be great opportunity to engage Ontario’s agri-food and health sectors, and aging consumers, to establish Ontario agri-foods as a “food-first” strategy to promote healthy aging. To realize this opportunity, A-HA aims to:

  1. Share results of research in agri-food and nutrition, as they apply to healthy aging;
  2. Increase collaborative research and knowledge translation opportunities that demonstrate linkages between agriculture, food, nutrition, and healthy aging, and;
  3. Train highly qualified personnel.

Project activities will include creation and dissemination of resources including a recipe booklet highlighting the health benefits of Ontario agri-foods for aging consumers, and a menu planning resource for long-term care/retirement homes to promote their use of Ontario agri-foods. An infographic will be developed to illustrate the connection between agriculture, food and healthy aging. Knowledge translation events, annual newsletters and the use of social media will support dissemination efforts and engagement with multiple stakeholders. Graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in all project activities including a course to build capacity in this innovative area of expertise. These efforts will collectively help stakeholders realize the connection between agriculture, nutrition and health and promote Ontario agri-foods as a “food-first” healthy aging strategy. Advancing knowledge in this area will contribute to thriving Ontario agriculture and food sectors.

This project was funded by Agri-Food and Rural Link, the hub for knowledge translation and transfer for the OMAFRA-University of Guelph Partnership.


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