Reports and background papers focused on specific issues provide up-to-date evidence and contribute to informing nutrition policy initiatives.
Defining Healthy Foods: International and Canadian scans
Two reports, Defining "Healthy" and "Unhealthy" Foods: An International Review and Defining "Healthy" Foods: Environmental Scan of the Situation in Canada were completed in 2009. These reports look at current national and international initiatives to define nutrient criteria for "healthy and unhealthy food" and the applications in which the criteria are used, e.g. on front-of-package labelling, marketing of food and beverages to children, and school food guidelines.
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This paper presents an examination of issues pertaining to the inclusion of direct and indirect indicators of food insecurity in a national nutrition monitoring system, focussing on individual- and household-level food insecurity that arises in the context of financial resource constraints.
A series of articles, commissioned by the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion and published in a special supplement to the Canadian Journal of Public Health (CJPH), summarize existing literature on the determinants of healthy eating, identify gaps in knowledge and offer recommendations for research to enhance the evidence base on the determinants of healthy eating.