Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM EST
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Schlegel-UW Research Instiute for Aging 
250 Laurelwood Drive
Waterloo, ON N2J 0E2

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Emily Lambe 
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging 
519-904-0660 ext. 4114 

CHOICE+ Champion Leader Training

Are you looking to enhance the mealtime experience for residents in retirement and long-term care? Join us for an informative workshop on the CHOICE+ Program, and learn how to use tools and resources to be a champion for change in your home. 


November 7, 2019 | 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Discovery Hall (Main Floor)
Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA)
250 Laurelwood Drive Waterloo, ON, N2J 0E2

This session will be presented by:


  Heather Keller, PhD, RD, FDC, FCAHS 
  Schlegel Research Chair in Nutrition & Aging




You may have heard about the CHOICE+ Program and the various resources created to date that are focused on improving mealtimes in long-term care. Over the past year, we have piloted CHOICE+ in three homes and have learned how this program can be implemented. We have developed a one-day training program to help more homes with making similar mealtime improvements and piloting this program.

Participants will receive a detailed manual outlining steps for making change and how to access and use CHOICE+ resources to help their team improve mealtimes.

Who should attend?

  • Food service team members
  • Nurses/care team members
  • Directors of Care
  • Directors of Recreation
  • Quality Improvement Leaders
  • Dietary/nutrition managers
  • Chefs/cooks
  • Other team members/leaders with a passion for making change!

Learning outcomes

  • Learn about the CHOICE+ tools and resources, and how to use them to enhance mealtimes
  • Learn communication techniques to strengthen relationships with residents and team members
  • Learn how to use information and data to drive practice

Research project

  • This training is being evaluated as part of a research project. Participants can complete a questionnaire before and after the workshop, and participate in an interview 3-4 months later. This evaluation is an optional.
  • This study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.
  • Each home/organization can send one or two team members for this training. (At least one management is recommended). 
  • There is no cost for the training.
  • Registration is required.


  • Lunch will be provided. Please indicate any dietary requests upon registaration.


Please note parking is available at a daily flat rate of $10. The parking lot is a short 5 minute walk from the building. Accessible parking is available out front. You will receive an e-mail prior to the event confirming directions and parking details.