a big, radical, ethical movement towards a shift in focus away from weight discrimination to body acceptance and health at every size (#HAES).

OHSC Conference Resources

April 9, 2014

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Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting my web page Shift the Focus.  Please see below for resources spoken about during my presentation: First do no harm: raising the flag of school obesity prevention strategies” Presentation- OHSC 2014 Raising the red flag Presentation Handouts Handout BMI screening Feel your fullness activity Research articles: 2013 Meta analysis […]

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“You are now a registered donor.”

September 5, 2013

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Yesterday I received my new driver’s license with my new home address.  This plastic card symbolized more than a legal passcard to drive in Ontario but also the new and exciting responsibility of owning a home with my family.  While holding the familiar card in my hands, I glanced at our ongoing renovations and broke […]

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My (2012) letter to St- Stephen’s High School

April 2, 2013

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I am sharing with you a letter I emailed to the principal, superintendent and program creator of the school health report cards, which includes BMI.  Recently in the news, the school has follow-up with many success stories of this school’s initiative.  While the BMI reporting erkes me greatly due to its poor measurement what erks me even more is that […]

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First, do no harm. Raising the red flag on school obesity prevention programming

April 2, 2013

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Once upon a time… School’s typically sold foods associated with weight gain: pop, chips, chocolate bars, fried food, etc… In 2011 the government of Ontario decided to save the children from the BAD foods by creating the School Food and Beverage Policy which provided guidelines for foods sold in school cafeterias. Subsequently, more and more  ‘healthy eating’ […]

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Compassion deficit

December 20, 2012

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Not surprising that this article “grinned by gears”.  Its disturbing that the conclusion I sensed after reading this story was the continued emphasis and assumption that someone’e weight dictates their worth.  According to the author’s comments in the news brief, if you’re a fat healthcare worker (or in our stance, dietitian) our advice has no […]

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Not everything that counts can be measured. Not everything that can be measured counts.- Albert Einstein

March 20, 2012

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This post is a reply the  recent post “Why HAES will never go mainstream” post by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, a family doctor and founder of Ottawa’s Bariatric Medical Institute. I begin with replying to a specific comment by “Norma” I also wonder about the use of “ANY” size…it apparently actually means only LARGER/obese size. Does […]

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“Failure by instructors to appreciate other life priorities is an additional, and possibly academically fatal, stressor” (Taylor,M)

March 7, 2012

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Comments have been generating from Dr. Jacqui Gingras’ recent compassionate and concerning post STRANGE LITTLE HURTS. In her post she brings our attention to the distress and harm that the dietetic internship creates among nutrition students.  I remember the application process like it was yesterday and I assume many others do as well.  Instead of celebrating four […]

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