The University of Saskatchewan Food for Thought Planetary Health Series addresses the challenges of tackling global food security while acknowledging the delicate interdependencies of human civilization and the natural world.

November 2019

Nutrition Transition and Diabetes

A free, public discussion and Q&A examining shifts in dietary and lifestyle patterns that contribute to increased rates of diabetes.

Food For Thought November 2019

ABOUT THIS EVENT
Join a discussion featuring University of Saskatchewan (USask) researchers and community representatives to explore the intricate connections between dietary patterns, culture, lifestyle behaviours, and increasing rates of diabetes among Canadians and newcomers.

Q&A to follow. Free event. Everyone welcome.

DATE & LOCATION
Nutrition Transition & Diabetes

Thursday, November 7, 2019
7 – 8:30 pm | Doors open at 6:45 pm
Station 20 West
1120 20th Street West
Saskatoon, SK S7M 0Y8

REGISTER NOW

To register for this free event, please visit nutrition-transition-diabetes.eventbrite.com

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

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Dr. Hassan Vatanparast (MD, PhD) is a professor with the University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy & Nutrition and the School of Public Health. His research areas include:

  • Nutritional epidemiology with emphasis on nutrition-related non-communicable diseases
  • Nutrition and health status of immigrant and refugee populations
  • Community-based health promotion
  • Public health nutrition and nutritional assessment
  • Analysis of complex health survey data

Recently, Dr. Vatanparast explored the effects of Western diet and sedentary lifestyle on immigrant children in a recently published article in The Conversation Canada.

 

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Dr. Amanda Froehlich Chow is a Métis postdoctoral researcher in the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA). Additionally, she is an instructor in the School of Public Health and College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan. She has a background in public and population health studies.

Her research focuses on applying a life-course approach to primary health care and wellness interventions (e.g., physical activity, physical literacy and nutrition) to promote the health of rural residents, particularly among more vulnerable populations (Indigenous peoples, young children and older adults).

She has extensive experience collaborating with rural populations to develop, implement and evaluate community-based health promotion interventions. Dr. Froehlich Chow is a co-investigator on a number of grants funding community-driven health interventions.

 

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Michelle Johnson-Jennings, PhD (Choctaw Nation Enrolled Tribal Member) is a license eligible clinical health psychologist (USA American Psychological Association), the Canadian Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous Community Engaged Research, and Scientific Director for the Indigenous HIV/AIDS Centre. She further serves as an associate professor in Indigenous Studies, as well as an associate in Community Health and Epidemiology in Medicine, UC Denver School of Public Health and the University of Washington School of Social Work.

Dr. Johnson-Jennings has partnered with multiple International and national Indigenous nations, organizations and communities to prevent both substance use and food addiction/obesity risks. To do so, she has co-developed health interventions entrenched in ancestral guidelines and centered on land-based healing to encourage a renewed commitment to health and revitalization of medicine, food and land practices.

 

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Dorothy Ahenakew is Cree from Ahtahkakoop First Nation, located in Central Saskatchewan about 216 kilometers north of Saskatoon. Dorothy is a single mother of seven grown children and has three grandchildren. She is passionate about growing her own food, sharing with community members about food security, and connecting with her Cree culture through land-based teachings.

As a First Nation woman working in food security, it is important to Dorothy that others are learning how to feed themselves and not relying on the grocery store but being able to provide their own fresh foods and gaining new skills while working in the garden.

Over the past two years, Dorothy has been working as a food security assistant in her Nation for Canadian Feed the Children. In her role, Dorothy takes the lead on food security initiatives by working closely with the Ahtahkakoop Food Security Committee which is made of up community departments to ensure food initiatives reflects the needs of the community.

One of the main priorities of the committee has been the Community Garden Project which Dorothy has taken the lead on. This project has: allowed people to learn more about growing their own food, created a space where people can gather, and been able to hire local youth to work during the summer months. In the past two years of growing, over 70 bags of potatoes have been shared with the community!

 

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September 2019

SDG Awareness Student Contest

Enter a draw for a USask student prize package by telling the world how you can take action to address the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development!

 SDG Awareness Sept 30 to Oct 2

SEPT. 30 to OCT. 2 IN UPPER PLACE RIEL

Visit the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) display in Upper Place Riel between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2 and enter to win a student prize package valued at $85.

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HERE'S HOW IT WORKS

1) Take a photo of any Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) from the poster display in Upper Place Riel between Sept. 30 and Oct. 2.

2) Post the photo on Facebook or Twitter and explain what action(s) you can take to address that SDG. Be sure to include the hashtag #USaskSDG.


@USaskHealthSc will announce the winner on Facebook and Twitter.

For more information about the 2030 Agenda, visit https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/

Participants may enter more than once. One winner will be randomly selected from eligible entries and will be contacted by the University of Saskatchewan (USask) Health Sciences. Student prize package is valued at $85.

August 2019

Sistemas Alimentarios, Más Allá de la Nutrición (Food Systems, Beyond Nutrition)

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ABOUT THIS EVENT
A USask Food for Thought collaboration between the University of Saskatchewan and Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala to raise planetary health awareness.

USask nutritional epidemiologist and global health researcher Dr. Hassan Vatanparast (MD, PhD) will deliver his Food for Thought presentation “Global Solutions for Global Health Issues” examining planetary health, globalization and the modern complexities surrounding humanity’s transition in nutrition and physical activity.

Universidad de San Carlos researcher, USask Epidemiology PhD candidate and Queen Elizabeth II Scholar Michele Monroy-Valle (ND,MA, MSc) will present a brief on the Guatemalan Food system.

Master of Public Health (MPH) student Licenciada Yazmin Ramos will present an analysis of the role of the NGO in the Guatemalan system for nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive interventions.

DATE & LOCATION
Thursday, August 8, 2019
9 am – 11 am
Auditorio Olimpia Altuve, Ciudad Universitaria Zona 12
Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala 

May 2019

Global Solutions for Global Health Issues

A University of Saskatchewan (USask) Food for Thought series discussion examining planetary health, globalization, and humanity’s transition in nutrition, and lifestyle with USask nutritional epidemiologist and global health researcher Dr. Hassan Vatanparast (MD, PhD).

ABOUT THIS EVENT
Join USask nutritional epidemiologist and global health researcher Dr. Hassan Vatanparast (MD, PhD) for a discussion examining planetary health, globalization and the modern complexities surrounding humanity’s transition in nutrition and physical activity. Explore the impact of these issues on immigrants, refugees and Indigenous populations.

DATE & LOCATION
Global Solutions for Global Health Issues
Thursday, May 16, 2019
9:30 – 11am
Room 1130, E-Wing, Health Sciences Building
University of Saskatchewan (107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon, SK)

REGISTER NOW
To register, please visit https://nutrition_transition.eventbrite.com/

*REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED*

ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Dr. Hassan Vatanparast (MD, PhD) is a professor with the University of Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy & Nutrition and the School of Public Health. His research areas include:

  • Nutritional epidemiology with emphasis on nutrition-related non-communicable diseases
  • Nutrition and health status of immigrant and refugee populations
  • Community-based health promotion
  • Public health nutrition and nutritional assessment
  • Analysis of complex health survey data 

Recently, Dr. Vatanparast explored the effects of Western diet and sedentary lifestyle on immigrant children in a recently published article in The Conversation Canada.

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