Monthly Archives: May 2007

City of Vancouver’s Food Policy Publications, Web Links & Other Resources

As I sow veggie seeds in containers on my balcony (yes, I am very late putting in the garden) and begin reading The 100 Mile-Diet, I find myself thinking a lot about sustainability. Today, when I did a Google search on “Vancouver Food Policy Organization”, I found this page of resources on the City of Vancouver web site. The information is well-organized in a quick-and-easy-to-read list. 

This post likely has a small audience–I’m not sure if I have any local readers–but if you  live or work in Vancouver and are interested in local sustainability and food security concerns, you may want to browse the entire list. Here is a sampling of what you’ll find: 


FOOD SECURITY WEB SITES (external links)

Free and Low-Cost Meals and Groceries in Vancouver


New category (Sustainability) & links added today

On days like today, when I read informative, interesting writing on other web sites and struggle to come up with something original and articulate for this blog, I realize I would soon starve if I had to earn my living as a professional writer!

But fortunately for both of us, I’m not writing this blog so you will read my words about topics. Instead, I  hope you will go to some of the sites I link to and read posts by others, who, although they may not all be dietitians, do know a lot about complex food issues, such as sustainability.

And so I’ve added this category to the blogroll (see right side of this page, near the bottom). I admit to (1) not knowing very much about sustainability and (2) feeling overwhelmed by the desire to “do the right thing” for the environment when making food choices. I’ve selected these web sites and specific pages within sites as starting points to help me learn more about food system sustainability:

100 Mile Diet :: The latest
FarmFolk/City Folk
Treehugger :: Food + Health
UBC Farm

Gliffy: a web-based application for creating diagrams

I tried Gliffy Online for the first time this morning to create a simple flowchart and I definitely will be playing with using it for important work again. What I like about Gliffy:

– free basic account (you can purchase a premium version)
– easy-to-use (if you’ve had some experience using Word or Powerpoint drawing tools)
– web-based (so you can you use it from any computer connected to the Internet)
– social (you can collaborate on diagrams and share work with colleagues).

The FAQs about Gliffy Online are here.

Round-up of Stroke Resources

Today at a Stroke Care Improvement meeting I shared some of the stroke resources I’ve been gathering during the past two months. Now would be a good time to take stock and collect all the previously published links in one post. The list is a work-in-progress and will grow.

Although the resources are not nutrition-specific, they all contain some nutrition elements such as diet modifications to reduce stroke risk factors (primary and secondary prevention) or manage deficits (e.g, dysphagia) during acute stroke treatment and rehabilitation.


Practices and Standards Working Group, The Canadian Stroke Strategy. Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care: 2006.
Best Practices and Standards Working Group, The Canadian Stroke Strategy. Best Practices and Standards Environmental Scan Report.

Heart and Stroke Foundation home page.

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Ontario Stroke System. Best Practice Guidelines.

National Stroke Foundation, Australia. National Clinical Guidelines for Acute Stroke Management.

National Stroke Foundation, Australia. National Clinical Guidelines for Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery.

National Stroke Foundation, Australia. Stroke Care Pathway: A Resource for Health Professionals.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. Management of patients with stroke: Identification and management of dysphagia. September 2004.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network. Management of patients with stroke: Rehabilitation, prevention and management of complications, and discharge planning. November 2002.

Teasell R, Foley N. Evidence-based review of stroke rehabilitation: Managing the stroke rehabilitation triage process.

An easier way to build a reference list

The next time you write a paper or article requiring citations, you may want to try this web tool for building a bibliography: BibMe

I haven’t used it yet, but think I will try it out soon for a bibliography of best nutrition practices in stroke care.

MD Consult revisited

Have you checked out MD Consult recently? Ever? If you haven’t, you may want to do so. The site recently enhanced its user interface and search features. I like the changes and find searching and reading results quicker and easier to process.

So far today, I have used MD Consult to find background information on vitamin B12 deficiency and central venous catheters, topics pertinent to the nutritional assessment of two of my patients.  One of the best features is My Folder, which you can set up easily. You can then save articles to your folder so you don’t have to repeat searches.

Talk-of-the-Town: 100 Mile Diet

Yesterday evening I trekked to UBC Robson Square to listen to an engaging, inspiring and humourous Talk-of-the-Town with the authors of:

  100 Mile Diet

The 100-Mile Diet

I’m willing to bet it was one the best after-dinner conversations in downtown Vancouver last night. I’m really, really looking forward to reading the book. I didn’t take any notes during the Talk, which I regret, but I’m going to try to recall or at least paraphrase some of the best quotes and share them here later.

What I really want to find is the source of the pumpkin-flavoured honey that the authors, Alisa Smith and JB MacKinnon, raved about!