The Half Your Plate Symposium for Health Professionals is hosted in conjunction with the Canadian Produce Marketing Association's (CPMA) Annual Convention and Trade Show which will be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This annual full-day symposium provides dietitians and health professionals with key learning and networking opportunities from some of the top nutrition and industry experts, to help Canadians improve their fruit and vegetable consumption for better health.
This year, attendees will gain new knowledge and practical strategies in the following areas:
- The role of fruits and vegetables in Indigenous diets
- How fruits and vegetables impact brain health
- Strategies that may impact fruit and vegetable consumption
- The produce supply chain
- A guided tour for health professionals of the CPMA Trade Show
Who can register for this session?
This session is intended for dietitians, physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and students registered in these programs. If upon review you do not meet the criteria as indicated above, your registration fees will be refunded.
- Student rate: $50 + tax
Early bird rate (by March 1, 2024): $50 + tax
Regular rate (after March 1, 2024): $70 + tax
This fee includes live presentations, lunch, snacks, and access to the CPMA Trade Show.
First, let’s feed our brains
Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD, Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary
This presentation will review the world literature proving that nutrition, especially focused on a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, is a major player in determining brain health. Correlational and longitudinal studies show that the onset of mental health problems in both children and adults can often be predicted from dietary patterns. You will gain practical strategies to empower your clients to shift the way they consume food, for improved mental health.
Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD
Professor Emeritus, University of Calgary
Eating with the sun: A look at how Indigenous diets reflect the seasons
Jared “Qwustenuxun” Williams, Indigenous Foods Educator and Consultant, Qwustenuxun Consulting
Indigenous food systems are fundamentally bound to the seasons. While much of the Indigenous diet relies on proteins like seafood and wild game, vegetables and fruit have always been an integral component. From berries and rice roots to great camas and seaweed, you will learn about the traditional foods and cooking techniques that were once and still used by the coastal Salish people.
Jared “Qwustenuxun” Williams
Indigenous Foods Educator and Consultant, Qwustenuxun Consulting
Panel - From farm to plate: An inside view of the produce supply chain
Follow the journey of fresh fruits and vegetables with local BC growers, wholesalers, and retailers. From growing and harvesting to transportation and distribution, you’ll learn about the intricate supply chain that helps feed millions of Canadians fresh produce daily. Gain valuable insights into the challenges the industry faces, like wildfires, floods, and rising costs, and practices that move the industry forward, like innovation and sustainability. You’ll leave with a better understanding of the interconnected relationships among growers, wholesalers, retailers, and consumers.
Kristin Brown, RD
, Nutrition Tour Leader and Project Coordinator, Save-On-Foods (Moderator)
, Lead Produce Enthusiast, City Wide Produce (Panellist)
, VP of Sales and Operations, Windset Farms (Panellist)
, VP Business Development & Marketing, BCfresh (Panellist)
Group activity: Tackling nutrition barriers together
No matter what sector you’re in, we all have a common goal, and that is to improve the healthy eating patterns of Canadians. In this peer-to-peer activity, health professionals will work with others in similar areas of practice, to tackle common fruit and vegetable consumption barriers and strategies on how to overcome them.
CPMA Trade Show ($1,000 value)
Canada’s largest fruit and vegetable trade show
Discover new fruit and vegetable products from over 600 booths and learn about growing methods, local and imported produce, sustainable packaging, and more. Come equipped with your top questions during our guided tour for health professionals and sample an array of fruits and veggies that will tantalize your taste buds.
Contact Jen Ong Tone MHSc, RD, dietitian at CPMA: firstname.lastname@example.org