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Upcoming Events – Spring 2018

February 21, 2018

List of Events with details below: Nutrition Support Day 2018 (April 14), Food Matters Conference (April 20-21), Launch of Health Canada’s Front-of-Package Regulatory Consultations (to April 26), Nourishing Knowledge: Optimizing Nutrition in Continuing Care (May 11)


Nutrition Support Day 2018 – Saturday April 14, 2018 at Grey Eagle Resort Hotel in Calgary

Nutrition Support Day provides you with the best available evidence-based and practice-informed learning on topics in clinical nutrition and enteral and parenteral nutrition support in Alberta. Every year, Nutrition Support Day attracts a large gathering of nutrition professionals committed to elevating the nutrition care they provide to their clients. Attendees of Nutrition Support Day receive timely and relevant professional learning with a uniquely practical focus to aid in meeting annual continued competence requirements for registration.  A particular highlight of the Nutrition Support Day program is the presentation of complex clinical nutrition support cases to support practical implementation of conference learning objectives and enhance interaction amongst attendees and our speakers.

This year’s program will include an engaging and interactive session on essential steps to implementing a nutrition care plan for patients motivated and capable of preparing home blenderized tube feed formula.

Join us to:

  1. Position yourself amongst leaders in nutrition research and practice.
  2. Discuss breaking developments in nutrition with experts leading the way.
  3. Enhance your understanding and skills of how to provide best care for patients.
  4. Prepare yourself to be recognized for your knowledge that improves patient outcomes.

Access the full Nutrition Support Day program and register:,-Alberta.aspx


Food Matters Conference – in Edmonton at Bernard Snell Hall April 20-21, 2018

The 7th Annual Food Matters Conference – Taking CARE is our business format will include intensives, plenary and different session streams over two days. We will have presenters speaking on topics such as demystifying the current wave of popular diets, mindful eating, pediatric IBD and diet, the gut microbiota’s role in health, strategies for resilience and so much more . . .

With three concurrent streams, this is an opportunity for dietitians and food service professionals to feed their curiosity with topics related to administration, clinical dietetics, population health and management. Our speakers are coming from across North America to share the latest information in their fields.

Event website:

2018 Flyer for Food Matters conference


Launch of Health Canada’s Front-of-Package Regulatory Consultations

Health Canada launched the Healthy Eating Strategy for Canada on October 24, 2016. The goal of the Healthy Eating Strategy is to create a food environment where the healthier choice is the easier choice. Chronic diseases are a major public health concern in Canada. Unhealthy diets high in saturated fat, sugars and sodium are one of the top risk factors for obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Health Canada is proposing to introduce mandatory front-of-package labelling for foods that are high in nutrients of public health concern, namely saturated fat, sugars and/or sodium. Front-of-package labelling will provide quick and easy guidance to help you make informed choices about packaged foods and help improve the nutritional quality of packaged foods available in the marketplace.

Health Canada is launching a consultation on front-of-package labelling. The official Canada Gazette, Part I consultation will take place from February 10 to April 26, 2018. Please note that the Canada Gazette is available online on Friday at 2 p.m. Eastern time, ahead of its publication on Saturday.

Since we want to hear from as many Canadians as possible, we have also created a short, consumer-friendly online consultation for you to tell us which front-of-package nutrition symbol you find useful. This consultation is open today until April 26, 2018.

Your responses will help guide the choice of a nutrition symbol for the front of food packages in Canada. We invite you to participate in both front-of-package labelling consultations and to spread the news about the consultations to your family, friends and colleagues.

Health Canada will be holding a one hour webinar on March 1, 2018 that will provide a technical overview of the Regulations Amending the Food and Drug Regulations (Nutrition Symbols, Other Labelling Provisions, Partially Hydrogenated Oils and Vitamin D) posted in Canada Gazette Part I on February 10, 2018.


Nourishing Knowledge: Optimizing Nutrition in Continuing Care – Friday, May 11, 2018 at Holiday Inn & Suites in Red Deer

Nourishing Knowledge: Optimizing Nutrition in Continuing Care offers essential professional education on new approaches in nutrition, food service and dining in continuing care for registered dietitians, foodservice managers and other health professionals focused on advances and new knowledge to enhance the nutritional wellbeing of those living in continuing care.

A unique feature of this event is the opportunity for professional collaboration and to receive insiders’ knowledge to successful implementation of new techniques to optimize food and fluid intake in continuing care including:

  1. how to implement the International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI);
  2. practical take-aways from the Making the Most of Mealtimes (M3) project; and
  3. learnings from implementation of the Butterfly Approach for dementia care at Southwood Care Centre.

Access the full Nourishing Knowledge program and register:–Optimizing-Nutrition-in-Cont/Red-Deer.aspx