This research synthesis provides a brief overview of Canadian nutrition labelling education activities in recent years and summarizes research studies on the use of food labels by consumers. The review of the studies highlights how consumers use the food label, what obstacles they face when using it and provides insights into what can be done to increase consumers' self-efficacy of the Nutrition Facts table. The synthesis concludes that nutrition labelling education initiatives should be provided through a variety of channels, such as food packaging, point-of-purchase, mass media and the Internet and accomplished through innovative collaboration with stakeholders.

Nutrition Labelling Educational Resources/Tools - Consultation with Intermediaries Executive Summary

This study was aimed at determining how Health Canada could better assist intermediaries, including dietitians, health care professionals and educators, to educate consumers about the nutrition information found on pre-packaged food labels. Intermediaries were asked to report on what tools they used most often, what tools they found most useful in teaching and how these tools could be improved. Participants' level of awareness of Health Canada nutrition labelling resources was also assessed. Data were collected in five Canadian cites using both questionnaires and group discussions.

Research Synthesis on Canadians' Awareness, Knowledge and Behaviours Related to Dietary Fat - Executive Summary

This report summarizes available knowledge of Canadians' dietary fat intake as well as their awareness, knowledge and behaviours related to fats. It provides direction for change that Canadians could implement to improve their dietary fat profile within the context of the total diet and current dietary recommendations. This report also focuses on informing the content of messages that would be most effective for complementing the guidance on dietary fats provided in Canada's Food Guide.

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