The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) recently released the final report of its Food Literacy Attitude and Awareness Research Project, with support from the Government of Ontario in partnership with the Greenbelt Fund.
OHEA is proud to have been a part of the advisory committee along with the Nutrition Resource Centre, AgScape & Farm and Food Care Ontario.
The goal of this research project was to gain a better understanding of the current state of food literacy among consumers in Ontario, in order to develop programs, resources and information that will effectively reach Ontario consumers.
Two focus group sessions were completed as part of the qualitative research and this information was then used to develop an online survey targeted towards parents, early millennials and teenagers. This included 1,003 survey participants from across Ontario.
Some of the study highlights include:
• Less than 50% of teens surveyed regularly prepare their own lunches for school
• More than 70% of millennials surveyed, read nutrition information on food products before making a purchasing decision – nutritional labels were identified as significantly more important than the ingredient list for millennials
• All consumer respondents are more comfortable cooking or baking with pre- mixed packages than cooking or baking from scratch
• Less than 50% of parents surveyed know the safe cooking temperatures for a variety of meat/poultry items
• Only 28% of teenagers surveyed know how to plan and prepare a quick healthy meal using only the food that is already available in the household
• Over 50% of millennials surveyed use YouTube videos as a source for learning new information and cooking skills
• Nearly 25% of all respondents knew NONE of the food groups
• Millennials were most likely to name all four food groups
• Millennials seek health and nutrition information from a wider variety of sources in comparison to the other groups
• Registered dietitians that are currently targeting parents should revise their messaging and focus on targeting teens themselves – data shows the current way of reaching teenagers is neither effective nor impactful
To read the full report, click HERE to download it directly, or find it online at ofa.on.ca
The Locally Driven Collaborative Projects (LDCP) program brings public health units together to develop and run research projects on issues of shared interest related to the Ontario Public Health Standards. Working collaboratively on an LDCP helps public health units build partnerships with each other and with students, academics, and organizations that are doing related work. As public health unit staff develop and lead projects, they strengthen their skills in research and project management, and ensure that the results of these projects are directly relevant to the work of Ontario’s public health units.
In, 2016 we conducted a scoping review and Delphi to identify key attributes of food literacy. We published our scoping review and information about this work including a pictogram of our Food Literacy Framework can be found at www.foodliteracy.ca
Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy Launched!
On January 24th, 2017 the Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy (OFNS) was officially released!
The Ontario Food and Nutrition Strategy was developed in collaboration and consultation with over 200 individuals and groups, including OHEA, representing agriculture, food, health, First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, and organizations from sectors spanning not-for-profit, public health, academia and government.
The OFNS highlights 25 priority action areas within 3 strategic directions; healthy food access, food literacy and skills, and healthy food systems. It is a blueprint for a coordinated approach to food policy development and identifies, clear, specific policy options that can support current initiatives and inform future health policy directions.
Read the full strategy here and the executive summary here.
Send a letter of support for mandatory food education in Ontario to Premier Wynne
Just CLICK HERE, date, sign and send - it's that easy!!!
Care2 Press Release with approval from OHEA - July 27, 2014
Petition Urges Ontario to Make Food & Nutrition Compulsory
Peter Lambrick, Ontario Federation of Agriculture Director speaks about the Local Food Act. http://www.ofa.on.ca/
In addition, OFA has made Food Literacy its 2nd of 3 priorities for the Fall of 2014. (according to an ad in The Ontario Farmer – Oct. 7, 2014)
CBC News Ottawa interviews Mary Carver, P.H.Ec., about OHEA's push for at least one mandatory food and nutrition course on the evening news!
Mandatory Food and Nutrition Class Would Help Ontario Health, Group Says
Mary Carver, P.H.Ec., talks to CBC News about the importance of food literacy and the OHEA peition...
Ontario Pork Webinar: Food Literacy & Health
Ontario Pork hosted a free webinar on July 16th addressing the topic of food literacy and health.
Professional Home Economist Diane O'Shea M.Ed., P.H.Ec., spoke on food skills in curriculum, community programs and opportunities to incorporate food literacy into practice.
What's to Eat? Improving Food Literacy in Canada
This report, published by the Conference Board of Canada, discusses why food literacy matters; analyzes the state of food literacy in Canada; highlights current efforts to develop food literacy; and recommends strategies to further improve Canadian household food literacy.
OHEA is grateful for support from the Gwenyth Bailey Simpson Communications Award
provided by the Canadian Home Economics Foundation.
provided by the Canadian Home Economics Foundation.