Charlene Elliott’s research focuses on food, policy and health. In particular, she is examining the issue of “food communication” — food marketing, packaging, and policy — in the context of children’s health.
Elliott holds a Canada Research Chair in Food Marketing, Policy and Children’s Health. She is Scholar in Residence at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities Calgary (CIH), and holds an Alberta Innovates Health Solutions grant on Media Literacy and Food Marketing to Children.
She is also funded by the BMO Financial Endowed Research Fund in Healthy Living, affiliated with the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, and was (jointly) awarded a BMO Research Team Development Grant (with Raylene Reimer, Kinesiology and Dr. Frank McMaster, Faculty of Medicine) for a project on childhood obesity. She received funding from Campus Alberta Health Outcomes and Public Health to host a provincial meeting grant titled Food Promotion and Educating for Children’s Health: Connecting Research and Practice in 2014. The meeting brought together researchers, educators and community partners to explore best practices around providing children with the food literacy skills they need to navigate the current food environment.
Among her projects is a book manuscript titled Fun Food: Children’s Food Marketing and the Politics of Consumption (under contract with Bloomsbury) and an edited book called How Canadians Communicate about Food (in press with Athabasca University Press, 2015). She is working on a unique knowledge-translation activity designed to help improve the health of children. Drawing from the evidence base of her funded grants, she has developed Media Literacy and Food Marketing Lesson Plans for Elementary and Junior High School children. These Lesson Plans address some of the substantive gaps found in the current school curriculum when it comes to healthy eating. To date, the program has been piloted with over 200 children across Alberta, and Elliott has partnered with the not-for-profit N’Step Program (which provides ‘hands-on nutrition and physical activity programs’ in schools across Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario) to roll out the Lesson Plans to over 1,400 children across these provinces in 2014.
|2011-2016:||CIHR Canada Research Chair, Food Marketing, Policy and Children’s Health|
|2012-2105:||Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Grant, Media Literacy and Food Marketing: Packaging, taste preference and children's perceptions of healthy food.|
|2013-2016:||BMO Research Prize in Healthy Living (Raylene Reimer, and Dr. Frank McMaster, Co-Investigators)|
|2013-2014:||Campus Alberta Meeting Grant. Food Promotion and Educating for Children’s Health: Connecting Research and Practice.|