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High school youth represent a unique audience for interventions aimed at improving safe food handling and preparation. They are the age cohort immediately prior to the ‘second weaning’ phenomenon, a hypothesized increase in foodborne illness that occurs when those in their early 20’s are cooking for themselves for the first time. They are also at an age when food preparation practices may not be fully established, such that appropriate teaching of safe food handling at this age may help instill lifetime safe food handling habits.
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Presenter: Ken Diplock
Ken is a PhD student in the School of Public Health and Health Systems (University of Waterloo), where his research is focused on food safety knowledge, attitudes and practices in Ontario high school students. He is also a professor at Conestoga College ITAL, in the school of Health and Life Sciences. Prior to joining Conestoga, Ken, spent nine years as a certified Public Health Inspector with Region of Waterloo Public Health. Ken was also actively involved in the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), serving in a number of executive roles, namely: Ontario Branch President, president elect, and food safety councillor.
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