Dr. Jess Haines awarded for her research To Promoting Healthy and Sustainable Eating Habits among Families

Dr. Jess Haines, Associate Professor at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, is awarded the Danone International Prize for Alimentation (DIPA) for her groundbreaking research into Promoting sustainable healthy eating among families

Family who eats healthy at breakfeast time

“The jury of the 2nd Edition of the Danone International Prize for Alimentation awards Dr. Jess Haines for her strong contribution to the field of Alimentation; her ability to lead interdisciplinary teams to make pioneering advances that promote sustainable healthy eating habits and her commitment to mobilize her findings to effect real, lasting change that benefits the health of families.” – Prof. Luis A. Moreno, President University of Zaragoza, Spain, of the DIPA Jury


Learn more about Dr. Haines' research in the video below :

Dr. Jess Haines and her team has moved the field of food parenting forward using direct observation of parent-child feeding interactions and her interdisciplinary approach has led to pioneering advances in the understanding of how best to support sustainable healthy eating among families.


Interested in adopting more sustainable eating habits ? Here are 5 tips Dr. Haines is sharing with us to help families eat a sustainable healthy diet :


  1. Add plant-based proteins to the menu. Plant-based proteins, like beans, chickpeas, and lentils, are healthy choices that also benefit our planet. To start, families can try to replace one or two meat-based meals each week with plant-based options.
  2. Choose local foods. Selecting foods produced closer to home will reduce the need for the food to travel large distances, which will reduce carbon emissions and your food footprint. 
  3. Cook meals at home. Cooking at home can help families control where their food is sourced and what ingredients are used. It also saves money and is a great way to teach children cooking skills. 
  4. Plan your meals. To reduce food waste, families can plan meals and purchase only the foods they need each week. This not only helps the planet, but also helps save money. 
  5. Use up your leftovers. When planning meals for the week, families can include a “use it up day” when they will use up leftover meals or foods in their home.

To find out more about DIPA, click here.

Interested in knowing more about Dr. Haines research? Read the press release here and more insights on her research : here.