GFHS Research Featured on CBC, Royal Agriculture Winter Fair and Nutrition Connections

Posted on Friday, November 20th, 2020

Written by College of Biological Science

CBS's The Nature of Things and The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair recently featured research from the GFHS.

The Guelph Family Health Study (GFHS) has seen some incredible successes this fall. Their efforts to address gaps in food literacy, food waste, cooking, screen time and child nutrition strategy have been widely received and highlighted throughout a range of recent news platforms and events.  

Post-doctoral researcher Maude Perreault and MSc student Nick Carroll presented their research on food waste and food literacy at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. They also shared their Rock What You’ve Got Cookbook aimed at helping families curve the amount of food they throw away. This cookbook is free to access and can be downloaded here.

Prof. Jess Haines was featured on an episode of CBC’s Nature of Things: Kids vs. Screens. The show discussed research on how screens affect children’s development, learning abilities and mental health. Haines described the ongoing efforts of GFHS to help families develop healthy habits. The full episode can be viewed here.

Haines also spoke on universal food and nutrition programs during a webinar hosted by Nutrition Connections. The virtual panel discussed why the implementation of a Universal Healthy School Food and Nutrition Program is in the best interest of children to support their health, well-being and learning.

Prof. David Ma, Director of the GFHS and Former President of the Canadian Nutrition Society, is delighted with his research team’s great work in representing the University of Guelph and the GFHS. “I am very proud of everyone’s efforts that has helped to advance our understanding of factors that influence family health” said Ma, acknowledging the research team’s tremendous and ongoing efforts.

The Guelph Family Health Study is a long-term study designed to follow families over many years. Led by a group of researchers spanning three different colleges at the University of Guelph, the GFHS is working with families of preschool-aged children to learn new ways to help families set good routines for eating, activity, sleep and screen time at home. For more on the GFHS, visit guelphfamilyhealthstudy.com.

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