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OPHA Nutrition Resource Project


Peter Elson, Executive Director of the Ontario Public Health Association, is pleased to announce that Colleen Logue (MHSc., RD) will be joining OPHA as Manager, Nutrition Resource Project on January 10th, 2000.

Colleen is currently a Community Nutritionist with York Region Health Services. Her previous experience has included work on Food Steps, Summer and Winter Active; the Canadian Cancer Society "Smart Cooking" cookbook, Nutrition Month, and curriculum support materials. She is also active on the Dietitians of Canada Education Committee (Toronto).

The Nutrition Resource Project has a mandate to increase the coordination and collaboration among provincial nutrition programs and associations and to provide complementary technical support to nutrition practitioners across Ontario.

Affiliated programs include:

* The Healthy Eating Program, which is comprised of a Healthy Eating manual, a number of support materials such as posters and payroll slips, flyers and hands-on training session to orient a variety of audiences to its most effective use.

* The Food Steps Program, which provides healthy adult men and women with a stages-of-change approach to changing the way they eat.

* The distribution of all Canada Food Guide Materials in Ontario under agreement to Health Canada and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

* The distribution of all Heart Smart Cooking Manuals in Ontario under agreement to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

After January 10th Colleen may be reached at (416) 367-3313 ext 25 or

The World March of Women 2000


Quebec feminists launched an appeal for an international march as part of women's struggles against poverty and violence. So far more than 130 countries and over 2000 groups have signed up. There is a national organizing committee in Canada and an International Liason committee. The March will begin on March 8 International Women's Day and end with two demonstrations, one on Oct 15 outside the International Monetary Fund in Washington, USA and another on Oct 17 at the United Nations in New York City. There are local planning meetings across Canada (and around the world).

For more information:

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Participants Wanted: Best Practices / Internet Study


The Community Health Research Unit of Ottawa-Carleton will be conducting workshops in Halifax on December 13, Antigonish on December 14, Kingston on January 13, and Ottawa on January 14 as part of a national study examining the effectiveness of internet-based dissemination of evidence-based practice. We are seeking Community Health Professionals as participants. To find out more about the project and what is involved in participating in a workshop, see:

If you would like to attend or would like more information, (or if you are interested in the study, but are unable to attend the workshop), please contact: Shannon Poole email: phone: (613) 562-5800 ext.8108 fax: (613) 562-5443 or Jane Simpson, Project Manager email: phone: (613) 562-5800, ext. 8277 fax: (613)562-5465

Call for abstracts: Beyond 2000: Healthy Tomorrows for Children


Beyond 2000: Healthy Tomorrows for Children and Youth is a 5-day conference to be held in Ottawa from June 14-18, 2000. Hosted by: The Canadian Paediatric Society, the Canadian Institute of Child Health, and the Canadian Academy of Child Psychiatry

The Scientific Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts for presentation at this conference. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee and must fall under ONE of the following three categories:

1) Paediatric Medicine

2) Child Psychiatry

3) Health Innovation and Promotion

Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, Westin Hotel

Abstracts must demonstrate and prove contribution(s) to children

Second Report on the Health of Canadians


In late September 1999, the federal, provincial and territorial Ministers of Health released Toward a Healthy Future: Second Report on the Health of Canadians. This public policy report summarizes the most current information we have on the health of Canadians, and the factors that influence health. A complementary document, the Statistical Report on the Health of Canadians (1999), provides detailed statistics on some 85 topics.

Both reports were developed by the Federal, Provincial, Territorial Advisory Committee on Population Health, in collaboration with Health Canada, Statistics Canada, and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. A project team from the Centre for Health Promotion, U. of Toronto did the analysis and writing of the public policy report.

The public policy report entitled Toward a Healthy Future makes a special effort to look at the effects of socioeconomic status and gender on health and provides reliable information on health status, income and income distribution, education and literacy, employment, working conditions, social support, violence and civic participation, child and youth development, the physical environment, personal health practices, health services, and biology and genetic endowment. Each chapter contains a summary of the highlights and a discussion of the implications to policy, practice and research. The final chapter suggests a vision for the future and three broad priorities for action. A 10-page executive summary provides an overview of the major findings and a detailed appendix provides data on individual provinces and territories.

The Statistical Report on the Health of Canadians (1999) draws primarily on results from the National Population Survey (1996/97), the 1996 Census, Vital Statistics and other sources such as the National Longitudinal Survey on Children and Youth. The Statistical Report provides detailed data on health determinants and health status. The focus is on group comparisons-by sex, age, social status and jurisdiction-as well as notable trends.

You will find the full text (225 pages) of Toward a Healthy Future: Second Report on the Health of Canadians on the Health Canada web site: The Statistical Report on the Health of Canadians (1999) is available on the Statistics Canada web site: and the web site of the Canadian Institute for Health Information: For a print copy of both reports, please contact: Publications, Health Canada, Tunney


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