Overview of the Ontario Marginalization Index
Population-wide sodium reduction strategies are considered a public health priority to address the burden of sodium-related chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Such strategies include interventions directed at the food supply, public education and research. Developing food procurement standards for publicly funded institutions, such as hospitals, is one intervention aimed at lowering sodium in the food supply. This session will include a presentation of original research that evaluated sodium levels in Ontario hospitals and a discussion of possible next steps.
Presenter: JoAnne Arcand
JoAnne Arcand is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto and is a Fellow in the CIHR Public Health Policy program. Her current work is evaluating various components of Canada’s Sodium Reduction Strategy including the food supply, dietary intakes of Canadians, and consumer knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding sodium. JoAnne has formerly worked as a dietitian in food services and as a clinical dietitian. During her PhD she studied dietary sodium in the clinical setting of heart failure.
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