Portfolio Diet Lowers Many Risk Factors for Heart Disease

University of Toronto researchers have found that the portfolio diet, a plant-based way of eating previously shown to lower cholesterol levels, reduces other risk factors for cardiovascular disease including blood pressure, triglycerides and inflammation.
Jul 27 / 2018

Summer Update and the Year Ahead

Welcome to our second bi-annual newsletter of the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition. At this time of summer rest and renewal in Canada, I am delighted to update you again with highlights of the Lawson Centre’s recent work. Even with fewer classes and students on campus, and with staff and faculty taking well-earned vacation, the value of the Lawson Centre’s ongoing efforts remain clear.
Jul 20 / 2018

Child Health Protection Act Just the Start of Healthier Food Environments for Kids

You’re shopping for groceries and suddenly your child is begging for the sugar-loaded fruit-flavoured snack with Despicable Me 3 on the package. Or it’s movie night at home, but your kids keep asking for the toaster strudel in the freezer, inspired by a TV ad of the Pillsbury Doughboy. What parent hasn’t had similar experiences, over and over again?
Jul 16 / 2018

Plugging Data Gaps: Food and Global Child Health

Half of all adolescents in some low-income countries are stunted from malnutrition, estimates suggest. At the same time, school-age kids in many of these countries face a growing problem of excess body weight. How do the conditions that influence food choices in these countries affect the health of older children? We don’t know.
Jun 12 / 2018


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