NSSA Executive Elections + Pub Night!

The Nutritional Sciences Student Association is proud to present our elections for our 2019-2020 executive team! The elections will be taking place on Thursday, April 4th from 5 -7 PM in room 5254 of the Medical Sciences Building.

Anyone who is enrolled in the Nutritional Sciences Major or is planning to take at least 0.5 FCE in any NFS course over the 2019-2020 academic year is eligible to run for a position! The same requirements listed above also apply for being eligible to vote!

The following positions are available:
– Co-President (2 positions)
– Vice-President (1)
– Treasurer (1)
– Social Coordinator (1)
– Outreach Coordinator (1)
– ASSU Representative (1)
– Webmaster (1)
– Fourth Year Representative (2)
– Third Year Representative (2)

Refer to this google spreadsheet for a detailed description of the responsibilities for each of the positions:

If you are interested in running for an executive position please send us an email at nssa1011@gmail.com with the following info:
– Your name
– Your year of study
– The position you wish to run for (NB: you may run for up to 2 positions)
– Your Specialist/Major/Minor and/or NFS courses you are planning on taking next academic year

If you cannot make it to this event due to a class/work conflict, send us an email anyways along with a short blurb about why you think you would be a good fit for the position you’re interested in. We will read out your blurb at the elections and you will be considered for the position in this manner.

As per usual, there will be delicious food at the elections so come on up and bring your friends!

We look forward to meeting you all!

Link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/402631113848018/

Email: nssa1011@gmail.com

Join the NSSA and celebrate the end of the 2018-2019 academic year at our PUB NIGHT!!! Lots of delicious food and drinks to be had so bring all of your friends! Happening this coming Thursday, April 4th from 7 – 11 PM at Firkin on Bay Street (1075 Bay St.).

N.B. This event is happening directly after the NSSA Elections for our incoming 2019-2020 Executive Team! Come out to our elections in room 5254 in MedSci from 5 -7 PM and then join us for Pub Night right afterwards!

Link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/301808170506814/

NSSA Student-Professor Luncheon

The undergraduate Nutritional Sciences Student Association formally invites you to our annual Student-Professor Luncheon. This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with faculty members, professors Gurfkinkel, Ricciuto, and Tarasuk, as well as fellow students in the department to discuss (yes, you guessed it) topics in nutrition. And if that wasn’t enough to entice you, maybe the delicious harvest station buffet will!
One must NEVER underestimate the effect of a harvest station buffet on breaking the ice and sparking great conversations.

Feel free to drop in anytime between 11 AM and 2 PM on Tuesday, March 19th @ the Music Room (2006), Hart House.
Buffet starts at 12, but refreshments will be provided throughout the entire event.

See you there!

Link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/298724241026974/

NSSA Granola Bites “SnackShop”

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The Nutritional Science Student Association (NSSA) present to you our beloved Granola Bites workshop. Bring along your friends and join us for a fun time to create some budget-friendly, simple on-the-go snacks.

You will have the chance to customize your granola bites or follow recipes provided to make some yummy treats!!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 5, 2019. 5 PM – 7 PM

WHERE: Sidney Smith Room 2112

***NOT Peanuts-Free
***Soy-butter is available for substitution

Link to event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1705521516215682/
SIGN UP HERE: https://goo.gl/forms/E67XTxlQkxDYt7hh1

Hope to see you all soon!

DNSAA Career Night

DNSAA Career Night

Career Night is coming up on Thursday, February 7!

Nutritional Sciences alumni working in academia, the private sector and a government agency will provide insights into the journey of how they got the great careers they have now.

Any students thinking about careers following their nutritional sciences degrees, or any alumni who would like to re-connect with fellow graduates are welcome.

Join us at 6:15 pm for a career panel hosted by Nutritional Sciences Alumni Association President, Laura Pasut. Networking reception with light refreshments to follow.

Please pre-register at: http://my.alumni.utoronto.ca/s/731/form-blank/index.aspx

NSSA Academic Seminar 2019

NSSA academic seminar






Welcome back! We hope you all had a relaxing (and deservedly so) winter break! The NSSA is kicking off the New Year with another Academic Seminar. Mark your calendars: January 24, 5-7 PM at Medical Sciences Room 5254. Make it your New Year’s Resolution to get educated on diverse topics in the field of nutrition, ask questions, and mingle with your fellow DNS students.

Alena Ng, a MSc Candidate, will present a study that focuses on examining Canadians’ adherence to dietary patterns and the likelihood of obesity using national survey data (Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition). Two diets that will be of focus during the seminar are the DASH and Mediterranean-style dietary patterns. Her project is very data/epidemiology-focused and many of the analyses take place jointly at Statistics Canada, as well as encompasses implications for public health and national nutrition policy.

High intake of sugar-sweetened pop has been linked with excess weight gain and an increased risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. As a replacement, non-nutritive sweetened beverages, or “diet” pop, are a sweeter alternative to water. However, the substitution of “diet” pop for pop has not been addressed in dietary guidelines. While Health Canada have deemed non-nutritive sweeteners safe for use, new research suggests that through the gut microbiome, non-nutritive sweeteners may actually increase the risk of the above-mentioned diseases. Graduate student Sabrina Charette will discuss the results of her STOP SUGARS NOW trial that examines the effect of replacing regular pop with “diet” pop or water on the gut microbiome.

Hope to see you there!

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1505994959503219/

NSSA Academic Seminar 2018!


Yes, it’s that time of year: the NSSA is hosting an academic seminar! On Nov 26 (5-7 PM), we’ll be having two outstanding graduate students talk about their research as well as their educational and career paths. They’ll also be sharing what they’ve learned from these experiences, as well as tips for those planning to pursue a similar path.
**There will be a Q & A session following, so come with questions!

Shelley Vanderhout is a PhD candidate in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Toronto, and Registered Dietitian focused on pediatric nutritional epidemiology. Influencing informed health and nutrition choices at the population level is her goal, through research, communication, and policy development. Shelley’s research is a part of the TARGetKids! practice-based research network at the Hospital for Sick Children and Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the U. of Toronto. Specifically, she is focused on creating evidence-based nutrition guidelines for cow’s milk for obesity prevention in children.

Jo-Anna Baxter is a PhD Candidate at the University of Toronto in the Department of Nutritional Sciences. Her dissertation work centers on assessing the effectiveness of the provision of multiple micro-nutrient supplements to adolescent girls in rural Pakistan. Previously, she worked on several global health-related research studies, including the development and assessment of an innovative prenatal calcium supplement in Bangladesh. She is passionate about improving maternal and child nutrition through the implementation and effective scale up of evidence-based nutrition interventions from preconception through to pregnancy.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2205559409710018/

NSSA Games Night!

NSSA games night

Feeling beat from the stress of midterms and assignments? Want to start the unwinding process a bit before reading week and mingle, all the while engaging in some friendly competition?
Come join the NSSA for some food and fun as we host Games Night on Thursday, November 1st in MS5254 (Medical Sciences Building) from 5-7 PM. All students are welcome, so bring your friends and make new ones!

And yes, there will be refreshments!



NSSA Winter Academic Seminar




Come out for one of NSSA’s last events of the year! We will be holding our winter academic seminar, where you will have the opportunity to hear some grad students talk about their current research within the Department of Nutritional Sciences at UofT! There will also be an opportunity for networking afterwards. Food will be provided!

When: March 28th 6-8pm

Where: TBA

RSVP Here!

NSSA Elections!





The Nutritional Sciences Student Association invites all Nutritional Sciences majors or those taking NFS courses to run for a position on the executive team!

We are also looking to elect:
– Co-Presidents (x2)
– Treasurer (x2)
– Outreach Coordinator (x1)
– Social Coordinator (x1)
– Webmaster (x1)
– ASSU Representative (x1)
– 4th Year Representatives (x2)
– 3rd Year Representatives (x2)
– 2nd Year Representatives (x2)

Anyone taking at least ONE NFS course is eligible to run and vote. Food and refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!

If you are unable to attend, please email a short blurb about yourself to nssa1011@gmail.com

When? March 29th, 7pm.

Where? Pogue Mahone Pub and Kitchen: 777 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5G2C8

RSVP Here!