Expert Alert - Incorporating Traditional Foods in the Food Guide: A Recipe that Works! - Experts from CIHR available to speak to Canada's first Aboriginal food guide



    OTTAWA, April 11 /CNW Telbec/ - First Nations, Inuit and Métis
communities are exceptionally diverse culturally, linguistically, socially,
economically, and environmentally. No food guide tailored to Aboriginal
Peoples' could be successful in informing healthy practices without
considering their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.
    As Health Canada releases the first Aboriginal food guide today - Eating
Well with Canada's Food Guide - First Nations, Inuit and Métis, experts from
the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are available to help us
better understand the evidence behind the guide and its role in helping
Aboriginal Peoples' eat a healthy diet as part of an overall healthy
lifestyle.

    The prevalence of obesity and diabetes among Aboriginal People; the
Aboriginal food guide as a useful tool in improving health status
    Dr. Jeff Reading, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Aboriginal
Peoples' Health (Victoria)

    CIHR-supported researchers
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    Indigenous Peoples' food systems for health promotion

    Dr. Harriet Kuhnlein, CIHR-funded researcher from Centre for Indigenous
    Peoples' Nutrition and Environment, McGill University (Quebec)


    Food safety and impact of dietary shift on the health status of
    Aboriginal communities

    Dr. Laurie Chan, CIHR-funded researcher from the Community Health
    Sciences Program, University of Northern British Columbia (Prince George)


    The relationship of diet and physical activity to children's weight
    status

    Dr. Noreen Willows, CIHR-funded researcher from Department of
    Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of
    Alberta (Edmonton)


    Childhood obesity and weight management

    Dr. Stewart Harris, CIHR-funded researcher from the Centre for Studies in
    Family Medicine, The University of Western Ontario (London)


    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of
Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health,
more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to more than 10,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

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For further information:

For further information: David Coulombe, CIHR Media Specialist, (613)
941-4563, Mobile: (613) 808-7526, mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca


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