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Our feature article for this week is from Michelle Manarina and Lee Rysdale of the Nutrition Resource Centre. It describes a study launched to determine the resources required and feasible and appropriate processes for implementing NutriSTEP® (Nutrition Screening Tool for Every Preschooler-- a fast and simple way to assess eating habits and identify nutrition problems early in young children 3–5 years of age) in an ethical manner.

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2009 International Drug Policy Reform Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico
November 12-14, 2009

The biennial conference of the Drug Policy Alliance

If you're committed to bringing about drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights, if you're working in any area of drug policy reform, or want to be, you have to be part of this conversation. There is no better crash course in drug policy than this three-day event.

A special note for Canadians: This is the only conference on the continent that provides Canadians a place to discuss Drug Policy in an informative and supportive environment.

Prevention of Injury: Influence of the Built Environment and Moving Forward


Kingston, Ontario
October 22, 2009

This event will be of interest to Municipal Decision‐Makers, Community Developers, Public Health Professionals, Health Care Providers, Non‐Government Organizations, Environmental Associations…

Program includes

  • Injury Prevention and the Built Environment: The Evidence and Strategies for Action, Kim Bergeron
    Injury Prevention and Health Promotion: A Public Policy Paradox, Erik Cuzzolino

Registration Fee: $55.00 (includes lunch and refreshments)

CHNET Fireside Chat--Using an Online Toolkit to Address Social Determinants of Health Through Multiple Intervention Programs


October 8, 2009

1:00-2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)

Race…gender…income…All of these affect our health. In fact, considerable evidence exists that unequal social conditions contribute significantly to the persistent inequalities in the health of populations, internationally and in Canada.

Ontario Public Health Standards and Protocols


The Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS) and Protocols establish the minimum requirements for fundamental public health programs and services, which include assessment and surveillance, health promotion and policy development, disease and injury prevention, and health protection.

Nutrition Resource Centre


c/o Ontario Public Health Association
700 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 310
Toronto, ON M6A 3B4
Tel: (416) 367-3313 x247 (Toll-free 1-800-267-6817 x 247)
Fax: (416) 367-2844

The Nutrition Resource Centre website includes resources, programs, a list serv, and news and events.

For more information contact Lee Rysdale, MEd, RD, Program Coordinator, Nutrition Resource Centre, at the coordinates above.

NutriSTEP® (Nutrition Screening Tool for Every Preschooler)


NutriSTEP® (Nutrition Screening Tool for Every Preschooler) is a fast and simple way to assess eating habits and identify nutrition problems early in young children 3–5 years of age. The NutriSTEP® questionnaire includes 17 items covering: food and nutrient intake, physical growth, developmental and physical capabilities, physical activity, food security and the feeding environment. It is intended for use by community professionals and should be completed by the child’s parent or primary caregiver, whoever is most knowledgeable about the child’s eating and other health habits.


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