Case Studies and Ask the Experts – Part I
Learn about how three communities are building healthy eating environments in the recreation sector, hear others stories, and listen to advice that could help you on your own journey.
Tim Hanna and Stacey Wiens, Eat Healthy, Play Healthy Saskatchewan
Stacey Wiens grew up figure skating, spending most of her winter evenings in the local rink, before attaining her Commerce Degree and starting her first career in marketing with a national food distributor. She later pursued her Nutrition Degree and has worked for 12 years as a Registered Dietitian in a population health role covering a wide variety of health promotion and disease prevention topics including healthy food environments.
Tim Hanna worked for over 30+ years in the municipal recreation industry. Part of his responsibilities included the operation and management of food services within publicly funded recreation facilities. This past experience provides a unique perspective on the implementation of healthy food and beverages in recreation facilities. Tim now works for Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association as the Facilities and Training Consultant, and has been involved with Eat Healthy, Play Healthy for over five years.
Lynn Julien and Cristina Benea, City of Temiskaming Shores
Lynn has been an age Friendly and Healthy Kids Coordinator since October 2017. Lynn works with children ages 0 to 12 yrs and older adults. Lynn creates and runs community programs to keep kids and older adults physically and socially active. Lynn has a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from Nipissing University in North Bay.
Cristina works at the Timiskaming Health Unit as a Pubic Health Dietitian. Cristina currently supports the Chronic disease prevention, the healthy growth and development and the school teams. Cristina received her master’s in public health from University of Toronto.
Angela MacMillan, RD, MPH
Angela is a Public Health Dietitian at KFL&A Public Health in Kingston, Ontario. Her current work focuses on improving the food environment and food literacy in recreation and community settings and collaborating with Health Canada to pilot Food Guide Friendly initiatives.
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Case Studies and Ask the Experts – Part II
Wednesday, March 6, 12:00-1:30 pm. ET.
We want to continue the discussion and provide more opportunities to profile healthy eating initiatives underway in Canada’s recreation sector. Barriers and facilitators to implementing healthy eating initiatives will be discussed. Bring questions about your own initiatives.
Karly Brush, Manager – Sport Services, Recreation
Courtney Bryl, Manager – Senior Services, Recreation
Suzanne Neumann, RD, Public Heath Nutritionist, Public Health Services
Since 2017, staff within the City of Hamilton Recreation and Public Health Services have been working together to enact a healthy food and beverage action plan in City recreation facilities. The action plan was guided by the principles of 1) Access to healthy food and beverages; 2) Free and convenient access to tap water; 3)Environmentally-sustainable drinking water; 4) Financially-sustainable food services; 5) Availability of nutrition information for customers; 6) Socially-responsible marketing. This presentation will discuss actions taken, enablers, how challenges were handled, and reflections that may help others take action in this area.
Rae Gunn (she/her)
Working and volunteering in the public & non-profit sector for almost (gulp) 25 yrs, Rae is a big believer that recreation is the key ingredient to creating welcoming & healthy communities. She admits that professional and personal worlds often overlapped as she and her husband raised their 4 energetic daughters in rural Nova Scotia. Rae currently works with the Province of NS and is a Regional Manager with their Communities, Sport and Recreation Division.
Marissa Park, Registered Dietitian and Coordinator
Marissa Park is a Registered Dietitian and Coordinator for a provincial program called Eat Great and Participate with Recreation NL. Marissa is from the west coast of Newfoundland and Labrador and passionate about the values of recreation in supporting overall health and wellbeing. Marissa’s focuses on supporting the access of nutritious foods and beverages in recreation, sport, and community settings.
For more information, contact Christa Costas-Bradstreet, Director, Partnerships at firstname.lastname@example.org