Bon Appétit at HealthAchieve


Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.


There’s a reason food, healthcare, wellness and our environment are so closely linked. This year’s HealthAchieve, the top healthcare convention in Ontario, digs into this tasty subject with a special session:

Bon Appétit – Sustainable Food in the Health Care Environment

Monday, November 6th, 2017
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Room 717AB, MTCC, South Building

I have the honour of facilitating this session and am extremely keen to hear from our panelists. This interactive session looks at food from four perspectives (or four courses):

  • Climate Change Resiliency
  • Does Your Food Have a Drug Problem?: Antibiotics Stewardship
  • Project SOIL: Gardens as Health Care at Ontario Institutions
    • Irena Knezevic of Carleton University
  • You Are What You Eat: Food as Medicine, Culture, and Health

So yes, expect lots and lots of food for thought. Stay tuned for next week’s story where we share what we learned. Better yet, see you at HealthAchieve!


Step up to the plate!

This slogan came out of the closing strategic session at last week’s Food Secure Canada assembly: Waves of Change, Sustainable Food for All.  This year, the gathering of 450 sustainable food supporters was held in Halifax. Devouring plenty of Off the Hook seafood didn’t stop us from being quite productive. We spent 4 days hearing about best practices, tweeting inspiring quotes (#foodwaves), sharing ideas on the podium and at the table, and building new paths of connection. Topics ranged from urban farming, food programs and policy, sustainable agriculture and fishery, first nations food security, food research, government initiatives and many more…Institutional food procurement was a popular topic, and I’m thrilled to share some highlights with you.

FSC Assembly

Opening ceremony with Vandana Shiva

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