Researchers within the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University are examining how people eat in the course of the pandemic and would really like to listen to from the general public.
In line with Dal, The CELLAR (COVID-related Eating Limitations and Latent Dietary Effects within the Atlantic Region) study will investigate the dietary consequences of how we eat in the course of the pandemic in Atlantic Canada.
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“We all know that from an economic standpoint in Nova Scotia, we even have about one in five households with children who’re food insecure,” said Dr. Catherine L. Mah, lead researcher.
“So households are already at a baseline level, even prior to the pandemic, unable to potentially access food. So I expect that the pandemic may really have exacerbated a few of this.”
Through CELLAR, Dalhousie said that researchers will perform an in-depth evaluation of how COVID-19 is affecting Atlantic residents’ diets and nutrition. This is the reason the team is on the lookout for people to incorporate within the study.
“The study seeks to enrol a strong random sample of roughly 1,000 participants representative of the population within the 4 Atlantic provinces,” the team said in an announcement.
Starting on Wednesday, research coordinators will begin recruiting participants via random digit dialing and are asking Atlantic Canadians to be looking out for his or her call.
“As a thanks for participation, we will probably be offering as much as $120 in grocery gift cards,” the team said.
Through this research, Mah believes strengthening people’s dietary knowledge can support long-term health outcomes.
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