Food, Policy & Health

The initiative on Food, Policy & Health seeks to bring together researchers and individuals broadly interested in food, policy and health, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas around this theme. Our research probes the complex forces affecting how individuals eat and interrogates theoretical and practical questions surrounding food and food marketing, policy and health. Particular attention is given to the socio-cultural aspects contributing to health, and their impact on dietary habits and nutrition.


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Kids & Food Marketing

Kids & Food Marketing

Participant recruitment for this study is now complete. Thank you for your interest!

Teenagers & Food Marketing

Teens & Food

Participant recruitment for this study is now complete. Thank you for your interest!

Cannabis Edibles

Cannabis Edibles

Participant recruitment for this study is now complete. Thank you for your interest!

Media Literacy & Food Marketing

Media Literacy & Food Marketing

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Dr. Charlene Elliott is a Canada Research Chair in Food Marketing, Policy and Children's Health and heads up the Food, Policy & Health initiatives. She is a Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Film, and is jointly appointed with the Faculty of Kinesiology. Dr. Elliott's program of research examines food marketing, promotion and policy, with a particular focus on foods targeted at children.

Dr. Emily Truman is a postdoctoral scholar in Critical Food Communication & Health in the Department of Communication, Media and Film, with a PhD in Communication Studies.  Her research examines the intersection between media literacy, food literacy, and health literacy in order to identify and examine common goals and practices. She is also interested in the use of icons and symbols in public health communication, and the visual culture of food and health more broadly.

Dr. Kirsten Ellison is a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Communication, Media and Film. She holds a PhD in Communication and Culture, specializing in the intersections of health, science and technology in popular culture. In addition to this research focus, she brings with her an interdisciplinary background in critical media studies, visual communication, digital culture and advertising studies. Kirsten is also an education facilitator for the Media Literacy & Food Marketing Lesson Plans.

Dr. Matt Ventresca is a postdoctoral scholar holding a PhD in Kinesiology and Health Studies, specializing in the sociocultural study of sport, health, and the body. His scholarly interests lie at the intersections of health, media, and science. Matt is researching the factors shaping young people’s ideas about cannabis edibles including marketing, policy, and perceptions of risk. This research direction builds on a concurrent project in which he is examining the media framing of cannabis use among professional athletes.

David Ratcliff, BPHE has completed his Bachelor of Health and Physical Education with a focus on Physical Literacy. He is currently completing his BA in education at the University of Calgary. He is passionate about working with youth and helping them understand how media influences their perceptions of food. David is an Education Facilitator for the Media Literacy and Food Marketing Lesson Plans.

Heather Leitner, BSc, brings a wealth of experience in childhood education and managerial experience in childhood physical activity and adapted programming. Heather is an Education Facilitator for the Media Literacy and Food Marketing Lesson Plans.

Calli Naish is a Master’s student in the Department of Communication, Media and Film. She is interested in science communication, specifically the intersection of science communication and social media. Her research is focused on how health science is communicated in a digital landscape.

Many Thanks

We would like to thank The Helderleigh Foundation for their generous funding of our Knowledge Translation program (2019-2021). The Helderleigh Foundation is Canada’s leading foundation exclusively dedicated to enhancing food and media literacy to children; envisioning a society of better informed young children and their families, consuming healthier foods, and beverages.