NCCEH eNews - October 2017
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Healthy Food Environments in Canada

The food environments in places where people live, work, and play, greatly influence and shape our diets and eating habits. There is strong evidence linking diet and the risk of developing chronic diseases, including cancer, coronary heart disease, and stroke, as well as health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The latest NCCEH topic page includes resources on how food environments pertain to public health practice, tools for measuring local food environments, and the current state of food environments in Canada.

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Food Deserts and Food Swamps

Food deserts are geographic areas that have limited access to healthy food. In contrast, food swamps have adequate access to healthy food, but also feature an overabundance of exposure to less healthy food and beverages. This primer discusses the related health implications of both food environments and highlights some opportunities for action.

Food Environments: An Introduction for Public Health Practice

This document introduces the concept of food environments, highlights some key evidence for the relationship between food environments and health, and identifies some ways environmental public health practitioners can influence food environments.​

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Featured Event
• Nov 2:  NCCEH Seminar Series - Policy options for healthier retail food environments in city-regions: The case for a solid measurement foundation 

Two New Podcasts from Three NCCs
• Based on two keynote presentations at the 4th annual  Create H2O  First Nations Water Research Conference, the two newest episodes of NCCAH's  Voices from the Field podcast From the Lab to the Reserve: The Transformative Power of Community-Engaged Scholarship, and Water: Our First Relative, Our First Responsibility—were produced in conjunction with NCCID and NCCEH.

BC Cannabis Regulation Engagement
• The Government of BC is  asking for your thoughts on cannabis regulation topics  like minimum age, personal possession limits, public consumption, drug-impaired driving, personal cultivation and distribution and retail models. Submit your feedback online by November 1.

Food Issue Notes
• The BC Centre for Disease Control has added two more entries into its  Food Issues: Notes from the Field  collection, this time covering fermented nut cheese and salt koji fermentation.

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Recent Publications

•  Residential indoor air quality guidelines 
•  Indoor mold levels and current asthma among school-aged children in SK, Canada 
•  Capacity to adapt to environmental change: evidence from a network of organizations concerned with increasing wildfire risk 
•  Health benefits and costs of filtration interventions that reduce indoor exposure to PM2.5 during wildfires 

Built Environment
•  Choosing tools for building healthy spaces: an overview of guidance toolkits available from North America and Australia 
•  Smart cities: health and safety for all 
•  Healthy cities of tomorrow: The case for large scale built environment-health studies 

•  A guide for syndromic surveillance for heat-related health outcomes in North America 
•  Addressing climate change from a social development approach 
•  Climate adaptation in Canada: Governing a complex policy regime 
•  Évaluation de la performance des avertissements de chaleur extrême émis par le système SUPREME au Québec de 2010 à 2016 
•  Changements climatiques - Vulnérabilité et adaptation des immeubles 

Contaminants and Hazards
•  Burden of Occupational Cancer in Ontario: Major workplace carcinogens and prevention of exposure 
•  Call for action on radon in child care settings 
•  Pesticide exposures and respiratory health in general populations ​

•  The association of household food security, household characteristics and school environment with obesity status among off-reserve First Nations and Métis children and youth in Canada 
•  Foodborne and waterborne illness among Canadian Indigenous populations: a scoping review 
•  Understanding the relationships between inspection results and risk of foodborne illness in restaurants 

Practices and Procedures
•  Novel tools supporting knowledge translation for public health practice in BC, Canada 
•  Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) online course 
•  Equitable and healthy city planning: Towards healthy urban governance in the century of the city 

•  Food crops irrigated with cyanobacteria-contaminated water: an emerging public health issue in Canada 
•  Managing risks to children’s health from lead in drinking water in British Columbia’s daycares and schools 
•  Water quality and health in northern Canada 


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