Auckland Nutrition Research Network seminar: Food Literacy and Disadvantage Event as iCalendar

06 September 2013

4 - 5:30pm

Venue: Seminar Room 505-003, Building 505, 85 Park Road, Grafton

Food and nutrition strategies which target disadvantaged groups often focus on personal skill development.  This presentation will detail the results of a case study of food literacy and young people and disadvantage.  Young people across a spectrum of social exclusion and poverty, from people experiencing homelessness to university business graduates, were interviewed about how they went about feeding themselves and what they considered being “good with food” meant.  The study took a life course approach and looked for chains of resilience and the development of key assets for healthy eating.  This presentation will detail the influence of disadvantage in the expression of food literacy and its capacity to influence food intake and health more broadly. It hopes to reposition disadvantage and challenge practitioners to address food and nutrition issues differently.

Presented by: Helen Vidgen

Helen Vidgen is a Senior Research Fellow for the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia.  She is also the National co-convener for the Food and Nutrition Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia and this year’s King and Amy O’Malley Scholar.

Helen has worked in clinical and public health nutritionist roles, as well as an executive officer at Nutrition Australia and at the service delivery level in the management of nutrition teams at Queensland Health.

Helen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Home Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Nutrition and Dietetics.  She has recently submitted her PhD thesis titled “Food literacy: what is it and does it influence what we eat?”

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