Introducing the Lawson Centre Brief

Greetings and welcome to the first edition of the Lawson Centre Brief, the newsletter of the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition at the University of Toronto. We plan to send you this brief twice a year, to let you know about the Lawson Centre’s activities and to provide current and reliable information on child nutrition and health.
Dec 20 / 2017

Studying Food Insecurity — With a Hole in the Data

Months have passed, but Professor Valerie Tarasuk is still frustrated. Tarasuk learned this summer that Ontario did not collect information on food insecurity in 2015 and 2016, creating a major gap in the data her research group PROOF uses to study links among income, public policies, nutrition and health in households across Canada.
Dec 19 / 2017

How To Protect Canadians From Obesity and Chronic Disease

University of Toronto nutritional scientists are leading a study with national experts calling on the Canadian government to outlaw junk food marketing to children, impose stricter limits on unhealthy nutrients added to foods, and impose a “sugary drink tax.” 
Dec 14 / 2017

Food Basics for Future Doctors: Culinary Medicine at U of T

A new culinary medicine event is bringing nutrition into U of T's medical school curriculum. Now in its second year, the half-day workshop provides students with hands-on training in how to buy and prepare healthy food cost-effectively, with a focus on practical tips they can pass on to patients.
Nov 2 / 2017


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Dr. Mary L’Abbé,
Department of Nutritional Sciences’
Earle W. McHenry Professor and Chair

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