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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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JoAnne Arcand

Associate Professor

Health Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Arcand has research expertise in translational and implementation science for nutritional interventions related to chronic disease prevention, through the evaluation of health promotion and policy interventions for children and the general population. She is a Heart & Stroke National New Investigator and also conducts clinical and implementation science research to support the nutritional management of patients with cardiovascular diseases. She volunteers her time on various national and international committees to support the development, implementation and evaluation of public health nutrition policies, such as Co-Chairing the WHO/PAHO committee for updating the sodium reduction targets for the Americas. Her work is recognized by awards such as a Notable Achievement Award in Salt Reduction from the World Hypertension League, a Hypertension Canada Young Investigator Award, an Ontario Early Researcher’s Award and a CIHR-INMD New Investigator Award.

  • PhD - Nutritional Sciences University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario 2011
  • MSc - Nutritional Sciences University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario 2006
  • BSc - Human Ecology (Food and Nutrition) University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario 2001

Canadian Institutes for Health Research

Heart and Stroke Foundation

International Development Research Centre

Ontario Research Excellence Fund

  • Nutrition and Health (HLSC 2825U)
    This course introduces the principles of food and nutrition as they relate to health and health promotion across the life cycle. Topics covered include dietary standards and guidelines, food sources of nutrients, energy balance, weight management, chronic disease prevention and management, and emerging topics in nutrition. Emphasis is placed upon the identification and use of credible nutrition resources.
  • Nutrition for Nursing Practice (HLSC 2820U)
    This is an introductory nutrition course to provide nursing students with fundamental knowledge related to food and nutrition. Factors influencing eating behaviours and the identification of nutritional problems are explored. A focus includes individual and public health interventions that can be implemented to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases, the basic principles of clinical nutrition interventions for at-risk individuals related to malnutrition and nutrition support, and nutritional needs at critical stages of the life cycle. Emphasis is placed upon the identification and use of credible nutrition resources.