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The primary purpose of these presentations is to provide evidence for approaches to support healthier food environments in restaurants in Ontario. The first presentation compares calories, total and saturated fats, and sodium levels for Kids’ Menu food items offered by four leading multinational fast food chains across five countries. Results demonstrate variation in the nutritional quality of foods on Kids’ Menus across countries and suggest regulatory efforts may influence these variations. The second presentation will provide findings from one of the first menu labelling studies conducted in Canada. Results indicate there was significantly higher noticing and self-reported use of nutrition information when it was posted on menu boards. The presentation will also examine the extent to which menu labelling is associated with changes in nutrient consumption and levels of support for menu labelling.
Presenters: Dr. Erin Hobin and Lana Vanderlee
Dr. Erin Hobin is a scientist in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario and an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the investigation of population-level interventions for chronic disease prevention, particularly in the promotion of physical activity and healthy eating.
Lana Vanderlee is a third-year doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, under the supervision of Dr. David Hammond. She is currently a CIHR Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar and Fellow in Population Intervention for Chronic Disease Prevention.
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