Summary of Proceedings
Nutrition Science Advisory Committee (NSAC)
Fourth Virtual Meeting
|Welcome & Declarations of Affiliations and Interests||
The Committee Co-Chairs welcomed participants to the fourth Virtual NSAC meeting as part of a series of meetings on the topic of, “Monitoring to discern and understand new and emerging trends impacting the nutritional health of Canadians”. Approval of the meeting agenda was sought, which had two objectives:
The Co-Chairs reminded members of Health Canada’s transparency approach for the Committee and the importance of declaring Members’ affiliations and interests before each meeting to help meet its goal of generating the best independent advice. There were no changes to members’ affiliations and interests. The agenda was approved without changes.
|Approval of Record of Proceedings from Third Meeting||The record of proceedings was approved without changes.|
|Monitoring to discern and understand new and emerging trends impacting the nutritional health of Canadians: Part 2 – How to be more responsive in monitoring||
To set the stage for the discussion, the Co-Chairs provided a brief presentation to:
|Virtual Armchair Discussion:
Statistics Canada presentation:
Modernizing Health Data at Statistics Canada
|The Committee heard a presentation on Modernizing Health Data at Statistics Canada where Statistics Canada:
Following a short question and answer period, the Co-Chairs thanked the presenters and acknowledged that the presentation provided the Committee with helpful considerations.
Discussion on how food and nutrition monitoring can become more responsive to observe changes in drivers
|The Co-Chairs led a brainstorming session where members were asked to provide their perspective in response to the question:
How can food and monitoring become more responsive to observe changes in drivers in the context of disrupters (e.g., COVID-19 pandemic)?
Based on points raised during the brainstorming session, the Co-Chairs led a focussed discussion with members to provide clear, concrete advice on how to better monitor in order to understand the impacts of ‘disruptors’.
Advice was captured in three broad categories:
To further refine the advice, Committee members identified the most important and relevant items in each category. Emerging themes relate to strengthening approaches regarding equity, diversity and inclusion; developing and using newer, more nimble approaches for data collection; and enhancing data linkage across multiple domains and data sources.
|Forward Agenda & Closing Remarks||
Co-chairs reminded the Committee that the next meeting in this series will focus on bringing together the advice on “what” and “how” to better understand new and emerging trends impacting the nutritional health of Canadians.
The Co-Chairs thanked Members for their active participation.
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