ISBNPA 2008 Satellite Meeting

Community-Based Interventions for the Promotion of Healthy Body Weights (2008)
This meeting was held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on May 20, 2008 as a Satellite Conference to the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) annual meeting.
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Nutrition Policy

The Promoting Optimal Weights through Ecological Research (POWER) group recognizes the importance of nutrition and is cognizant that, as a public health research group, we have a responsibility to model healthy food choices to ourselves, our peers, and the community at large. A significant part of the day is spent at work; accordingly a large part of our nutritional intake occurs while we are in the workplace. For this reason, it is also of personal significance that the food choices we make at work be in the promotion of our own individual health.


Our nutrition policy is based on the assumption that an environment which promotes healthy food choices is an environment in which these choices are more likely to occur. Our policy does not intend to restrict personal choice or freedoms at large, but rather to create an environment in which the healthy choice is the easy choice.

We encourage other research and community groups, and employers to develop policies of their own. In fact, feel free to use our policy as a starting point. All we ask is that you drop us a line and let us know how it's going!

POWER Nutrition Policy 2010

Selected Publications

Raine, K.D., Plotnikoff, R., Nykiforuk, C., Deegan, H., Hemphill, E., Storey, K., Schopflocher, D., Veugelers, P., Wild, T.C. & Ohinmaa, A. Reflections on community-based population health intervention and evaluation for obesity and chronic disease prevention: the Healthy Alberta Communities project. International Journal of Public Health. (In Press)

K. Raine, J. C. Spence, J. Church, N. Boulé, L. Slater, J. Marko, K. Gibbons and E. Hemphill, State of the Evidence Review on Urban Health and Healthy Weights (Ottawa: CIHI, 2008).

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Raine, K., & Wilson, E. Obesity prevention in the Canadian population: Policy recommendations for environmental change. 2006. Canadian Clinical Practice Guidelines on the Management and Prevention of Obesity in Adults and Children. Canadian Medical Association Journal. 176 (8 Suppl):106-110, 2007.

Raine, K. Overweight and Obesity in Canada: A Population Health Perspective. Canadian Institute for Health Information, Canadian Population Health Initiative. August, 2004, 81 pages.

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