The Food in this Place: A workshop on navigating your food environment

Feburary 2, 2023
9:00 - 9:45 a.m.
Part of Dal's 3rd annual Wellness Day

Register here to be sent an invitation to the online meeting closer to the date.

Food environments are the human-built, social, cultural, and political situations, spaces, and places in which you make dietary choices and spend your food budget. The food environment affects how you eat!

After completing this Wellness Day introductory workshop, you will be able to:

  • Define the food environment
  • Describe ways in which food environment factors can shape your dietary choices, including purchasing, food selection, and dietary intakes
  • Explain how food environments interact (and don’t) with food (in)security
  • Apply the concept of the food environment to your work at Dalhousie, including how Dalhousie functions as a food environment and how you can use your role to help others to navigate healthier food choices in their environments. 

About our presenter: Catherine L. Mah MD FRCPC PhD is Canada Research Chair in Promoting Healthy Populations and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. She directs the Food Policy Lab, a multidisciplinary program of research on the environmental and policy determinants of healthier consumption, with a focus on health-promoting innovations in the food system. Her work integrates population health intervention research, policy science, and community action on environmental contexts for consumption. She has led food and nutrition issue analyses in four provinces and internationally, with collaborators in Canada, Japan, and Australia. In addition, she regularly contributes expertise to portfolios in cancer prevention, immunization, municipal governance, food security, and regulatory aspects of the food supply. Dr. Mah previously held fellowships at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, Kyoto University, Toronto Public Health, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. She continues to hold an appointment at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.