Chronic diseases—such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoarthritis and depression—are a considerable burden to our health and society. Our personal risk of developing a chronic disease has a lot to do with what we eat. But current approaches to nutrition education are only partially effective at helping people avoid these diseases. Nutrition informatics is a promising approach to nutrition education because it focuses on the best use of knowledge to solve nutrition problems.
As Canada Research Chair in Nutrition Informatics, Dr. Karen Davison is advancing nutrition informatics as a resource to help prevent and manage chronic diseases. She and her research team are using different methods to develop new strategies, including the use of digital health technologies, to improve nutrition practices and help us live healthier lives.