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PHO Rounds: Visiting Speaker - Integrating Healthy Eating and Mental Health Promotion into Public Health Practice

The co-occurrence of various health-compromising behaviours such as low physical activity, sedentary activities, substance use, poor sleep quality and unhealthy diet highlight the need to use systems science approaches to better understand and promote mental health. 

With an emphasis on current evidence about the various relationships between eating behaviours and mental health, this presentation discusses risk and protective factors connected to nutritional and mental health promotion. Additionally, it highlights how multiple mental health-compromising behaviours may be mediated by an ever-changing system that encapsulates factors such as social engagement, built environments, mass media, as well as health and social policies that impact population mental health. The presentation highlights current best practices and systems approaches, examples of comprehensive strategies that foster both healthy eating and mental health promotion that are applicable to public health practice.

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the intersections between nutrition and mental health
  • Discuss how unhealthy eating can occur amongst various clusters of health-compromising behaviours
  • Discuss strategies that integrate healthy eating and mental health promotion

Présentateur(s): Dr. Karen Davison

Dr. Davison is the Health Science Program Chair at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Her investigative interests are aimed at food and nutrition practices that foster mental health among diverse populations. She is currently an Associate Editor for BMC Public Health and Academic Editor for PLOSONE. She has been awarded two Canadian Institutes for Health Research Fellowships and a Dietitians of Canada Peer Recognition Award. She is also the first Canadian registered dietitian to be a Fulbright Canada Research Chair and to be inducted into the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.  

Avis de non-responsabilité

The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.


PHO Rounds are a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In order to receive written documentation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits, please check “Yes” beside the question “Do you require CME credits?” on the registration form.

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Affiliate Members may count RCPSC credits toward their Mainpro+ credit requirements. All other CFPC members may claim up to 50 Certified credits per cycle for participation in RCPSC MOC Section 1 accredited activities.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by the Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

For more information or for a record of registration for other Continuing Education purposes, please contact events@oahpp.ca


Public Health Ontario is committed to complying with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact 647-260-7100 or events@oahpp.ca.

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Mis à jour le 20 nov. 2019