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Sustainable Food Systems Webinar Series. Part 2: Sustainable Food Systems in a Healthy Communities Lens Download as iCal file
Thursday 27 February 2014, 13:30 - 15:00

This is the second webinar of the Sustainable Food Systems Series. The Healthy Community model recognizes that in addition to our genetic characteristics, lifestyle or access to health or sick care services, our health is also strongly influenced by social, economic and environmental factors. It sees communities as dynamic systems in which everything is connected to everything else. The Healthy Community approach involves each community deciding for itself what kind of community they want in the future and developing strategies to move them in that direction. The webinar will introduce the basics of the Healthy Communities Model and explore its benefits to communities and their residents. Like the process towards building a Sustainable Food System, the Healthy Communities process takes action and assessment to move forward.

• How do these actions and ideas intersect?
• What are there complementary goals of Sustainable Food Systems and Healthy Communities and can we achieve one without the other?

Our community partner will share how a Healthy Communities approach has driven food systems change in a rural setting. She will also share the various community engagement strategies and planning initiatives that have been useful to bring the community to its current state of Healthy Communities and Sustainable Food Systems awareness.

Register here (Registration closes February 24 at 5:00 pm)

If you have missed the previous webinar, you can access the recording on our website. Go to and select the Events tab and click on Event Archive.


Jeff Kohl
jeffkohlJeff Kohl has experience as an adult educator, community animator and facilitator. He has supported a wide range of organizations, partnerships and networks at the local, regional and provincial levels to plan, deliver and evaluate healthy community initiatives, uncover local assets, engage local leaders, set strategic directions, evaluate programs and monitor results. Jeff is trained as a facilitator using Asset-based Community Development, Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space and Transition Town processes.



 Janice Dunbar

JaniceDunarJanice is a community developer with the Huron County Health Unit. She currently serves on the Coordinating Committee of FoodNet Ontario and is a member of the Huron Perth Farm to Table (HPF2T), a network of community organizations with shared interests in access to local, healthy food and agricultural-related activities in Huron and Perth Counties. The recently formed Huron Food Action Network builds on the groundwork established by the Farm to Table network and will be exploring food systems policy work.