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Concurrent Session: Social Science Nutrition Research in Practice: An emerging paradigm

Friday, May 6, 2016
10:45am - 12:00pm

Krieghoff

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Chair: Marcia Cooper, PhD, RD

Social Science Nutrition Research in Practice: An emerging paradigm

Social science research is conducted by scientists from a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from anthropology, sociology, psychology, and behavioural economics to nutrition, exercise, medicine, public health and epidemiology. While social science methods may be classified as quantitative or qualitative, most methods contain elements of both as part of a 'multi-strategy' design. In recent years, there has been an increased application of social science methods and concepts relating to food intake and nutritional outcomes to better understand the determinants of and influences on the decision making processes different people use for food selection and consumption. This symposium will cover current and future directions of social science based research in nutrition to inform policies and consumer education. Research studies that we work on at Health Canada will be embedded within the presentation to develop an understanding of how this mixed methods approach is an integral field within nutrition research.

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