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Request for Participation in Research Project

November 23, 2017

As provided to the College, for your information:

My name is Alissa Overend and I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at MacEwan University. I research and teach in the areas of health and food and am currently working on a research project entitled “Food facts in a post-truth era: Critical nutrition and the framing of Canadian dietary advice”.

I am writing to invite interested and willing members of the College of Dietitians of Alberta to participate in a 30–60 minute interview on changing discourses of healthy eating and on debates and controversies that have surrounded the four case studies featured in the research: meat, wheat, dairy, and soy. Participants must be over the age of 18 at the time of the interview and be working as a Registered Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian, naturopath or related food and diet-based profession. The interview will ask after participants definitions of healthy eating; common misconceptions about healthy eating; food controversies that have surrounded meat, wheat, dairy, and soy in recent years; where people learn about healthy eating; and about what aspects of healthy eating are over and under-emphasized in current discussions of healthy eating.

Participation is completely voluntary and may be withdrawn at any time. Interviews will be conducted at a time and location that is convenient for the participant. At the permission of the participant, interviews will be audio-recorded for later transcription. Portions of the interview may be used in conference presentations and for publication purposes, but participants will remain anonymous throughout the dissemination process. Names and other identifying features (such as place and city of employment) will be omitted from the interview transcripts and only known by the researcher. The interview recordings will be kept in a locked and secure location.

In an age of confusing and often-contradictory food advice, my aim is to help Canadians better navigate increasingly complex foodscapes. I’ve long been a believer that research is an important part of public education and knowledge dissemination and I very much appreciate the help of those who may be interested in participating.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about the study. I can be reached via email at or via the phone at 780-660-8287 (cell).


Dr. Alissa Overend, Associate Professor

Department of Sociology, City Centre Campus

MacEwan University

6-398A, 10700-104 Avenue NW

Edmonton, AB   T5J 4S2