An abstract on the FRESH program at Oakridge Secondary School was accepted at the Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference in Quebec City, Quebec.
The abstract, written by Cheikh, N. Dworatzek, P, & Matthews, J. (2015), summarizes their research “FRESH at Oakridge? I’d be down for that”: A qualitiative focus group study. “The objective of this formative evaluation was to assess the transferability of the FRESH program prior to implementing it at Oakridge S.S.”
Dr. Matthews was invited to be a guest speaker at the University Students’ Council Food for Thought Gala in January 2015, where she talked about food literacy and the FRESH program.
Dr. Matthews was invited to be a guest speaker at the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA) conference in Toronto (2015, March). The presentation was entitled, Get Real! Get Fresh! Food Resources and Education for Student Health.
Dr. Matthews and Anne Zok were invited to present at the Ontario University College Health Promoters’ Association Annual Fall Meeting at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. In November 2014 they delivered their presentation entitled, FRESH: A peer education student wellness initiative.
Dr. Matthews, on behalf of FRESH co-advisors, Anne Zok and Dr. Paula Dworatzek, made an invited presentation on the FRESH program at the UN DPI/NGO conference in the United Nations Headquarters, New York (Aug 2014). The presentation was entitled, Peer education and sustainable development.
“The peer education component, FRESH ED, addresses several Sustainable Development Goals, including food security, health and well-being, education, and sustainable production and consumption.”
“They can learn how to purchase food more sustainably; they can learn just basic food skills that many people don’t have. Once they learn those skills, they can teach that to their peers.” – Dr. Matthews.
Dr. Matthews was interviewed by Radio Western about her presentation of the FRESH program at the UN DPI/NGO Conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York.