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Café Scientifique weighs in on Big Food

November 03, 2011

Diane Finegood, 778.782.6707;
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Diane Finegood
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Central City Brew Pub is located at 13450-102nd Avenue in Surrey. Admission is free and appetizers will be provided.

How and why the fast food industry should change are questions that Simon Fraser University professor Diane Finegood brings to the table at Surrey’s next Café Scientifique on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Central City Brew Pub.

Joining Finegood, an internationally known expert on obesity and diabetes, will be Mark Von Schellwitz, vice-president Western Canada, Canadian Restaurant and Food Services Association.

Dr. Paul VanBuynder, Chief Medical Health Officer for the Fraser Health Authority, will moderate the discussion on Big Food Companies: Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Obesity?

The general public is invited to attend this free event and participate in the discussion.

While fast foods provide a quick and affordable source of calories they are often blamed as being behind the challenges of growing obesity and chronic disease.

The experts will discuss whether the industry can change to meet the need for a healthier food supply, and how consumers can help bring about change.

“Individuals and families need to learn how to make healthy choices, but the issue is also bigger than that,” says Finegood. “The bottom line is that industry is part of the problem but could also be part of the solution.”

The Café is the second in a series of free talks on key health issues. The sessions are sponsored by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research and feature discussions with prominent experts in SFU’s department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology (BPK) and at Fraser Health.

The goal is to provide a forum for researchers and the community to share in informal discussions on health topics of shared interest. Three more are planned for early 2012.


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