Rhona Hanning

Professor Emeritus
Rhona Hanning

Contact information

Email: rhanning@uwaterloo.ca

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Research interests

My research program emphasizes healthy eating and youth.  I have developed and evaluated electronic approaches to dietary assessment and applied them in school-based surveillance and as part of mixed methods evaluations of public/ community health program and policy interventions.  For example, in collaboration with communities serving First Nations and Métis students and multi-disciplinary research and NGO partners, I am evaluating an initiative to enhance local healthy foods for schools.  Other research explores Canadian recreation centre food environments and community-level determinants of maternal child health and nutrition in Africa.

Current research focus:

  • evaluation of the process and outcomes of community level program and policy initiatives to support healthy eating for adolescents and children
  • support for Indigenous people’s holistic health and wellbeing
  • assessment of food and nutrient intakes and associated determinants

Teaching interests

  • Nutrition 
  • Foods and health
  • Nutritional aspects of chronic disease


BASc Division of Applied Human Nutrition, University of Guelph

PhD Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto

PDF Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University

Selected publications

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