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EPODE Canada Obesity Forum

Announcement: Presentations from the EPODE Canada Obesity Forum are now online!

The EPODE Canada Obesity Forum provided a unique learning opportunity for managers, advisors, and sponsors of community-based childhood obesity prevention programs. Location The EPODE Canada Forum was held at beautiful Blue Mountain Resort, only a 90-minute drive from Toronto. The resort has a wide selection of indoor activities and outdoor adventures, including a…

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ECOF 2016 Speaker Highlight: Ingrid Bakker

Ingrid Bakker is an Associate Professor at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences and lead coach at JOGG, an EPODE-inspired program based in the Netherlands. Ingrid combines the roles of JOGG coach with her research position as an Associate Professor ‘Healthy City’ at the Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. At the University,…

Dan Carbin

ECOF 2016 Speaker Highlight: Dan Carbin

Dan Carbin is a Principal at Santis Health which he co-founded upon leaving the Ontario government after the Liberal Party’s 2011 election success. During his time at Queen’s Park, Dan served as a senior advisor to the premier, deputy premier and two ministers of health. Dan helped drive forward signature…

Drew Nannis

ECOF 2016 Speaker Highlight: Drew Nannis

Drew Nannis serves as the Chief Marketing Officer for the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA). Joining the organization in 2011 as one of its first employees. PHA works with the private sector and its honorary chair, First Lady Michelle Obama, to help make the healthy choice the easy choice for busy…

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Lisa Robinson, MPH, RD, is the Director of Shape up Somerville (SUS) at the Health and Human Services Department for the City of Somerville, Massachusetts. SUS is a city-wide initiative to improve equitable access to healthy eating and active living opportunities through policy, systems and environmental change. Lisa is a Registered Dietitian and has worked…

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ECOF 2016 Speaker Highlight: Dr. Shazhan Amed

We are thrilled to have Dr. Shazhan Amed joining us at the 2016 EPODE Canada Obesity Forum. Dr. Amed is a Clinical Associate Professor in UBC’s Department of Pediatrics, Endocrinology & Diabetes Division. She not only does research into the treatment and prevention childhood obesity and diabetes, but also leads…

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ECOF 2016 Speaker Highlight: Dr. Valerie Taylor

Dr. Valerie Taylor, MD, PhD: Expert on mental health & childhood obesity We are excited to announce the participation of Dr. Valerie Taylor at the 2016 EPODE Canada Obesity Forum. Dr. Taylor is the Psychiatrist-In-Chief in the Department of Medicine at Women’s College Hospital and a scientist at the Women’s College…

ECOF 2016 Speaker Highlight- Steven Johnson

ECOF 2016 Speaker Highlight: Steven Johnson

Steven Johnson, President, Collaborative Change, U.K. Steven Johnson is the President of Collaborative Change, a UK company that works with brands, communities, charities and public bodies to collaboratively build social capital and sustainable futures. Steven specializes in behaviour change, sustainability, social innovation, and the use of co-creation to design relevant and effective social marketing…


Letter: Action to Reduce Sugary Sweets and Beverages at Toys R Us

This month EPODE Canada Managing Director, Dennis Edell, wrote a letter to Toys R Us asking that they remove sugary sweets and sugar sweetened beverages from high traffic areas in their store. As of July 6th 2016, we have not yet received a response. Dear Toys R Us  We want…

Dan Harrington

ECOF 2016 SPEAKER HIGHLIGHT: Dr. Dan Harrington

Dr. Dan Harrington is an Epidemiologist Lead in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at Public Health Ontario, working on the outcomes evaluation for the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. Dr. Harrington holds PhD and MA degrees from McMaster University in health geography, and his research to date has focused…