Mental health, diet and nutrition

April 9, 2020

Get the latest on COVID-19 for people affected by Crohn's or colitis including expert reccomendations, mental health, diet and nutrition, and get coping tips from a patient advisor.

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  • Moderators: 

    Dr. Eric Benchimol (MD, PhD., FRCPC), Associate Professor and Gastroenterologist, Department of Pediatrics and School of Epidemology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, Division of Gastroenterology​ at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) | Twitter: @ericbenchimol​

    Dr. Gilaad Kaplan (MD, MPH, FRCPC), Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterologist & Epidemiologist, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary. Chair, Scientific and Medical Advisory Council, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada | Twitter: @gilkaplan 

    Panel Members: 

    Dr. Joe Flanders (PhD), Assistant Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist,  McGill University Psychology Department, Founder of Mindspace and trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

    Ms. Rory Hornstein (RD, BEd.), Registered Dietitian and designated person for nutritional consultation at the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, Division of Gastroenterology, University of Calgary.

    Ms. Sandra Zelinsky, Patient Advisor and Patient Engagement Researcher for the IMAGINE Studies Network. She has lived with Crohn’s disease for over 24 years and her goal is to bring the patient perspective, experience and voice to health research.

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.