Welcome to the website of the Healthy Immigrant Children research study. This website will inform you about the research being done in the area of immigrant children's health and the exciting opportunities to participate in this research. This website will also provide you with information about the health of immigrant children in Saskatoon, and in Canada.

Did you know that 1 of every 6 Canadians were born outside Canada? There are currently over 200 different ethnicities in Canada. In recent years, over 3000 immigrant and refugee children have come to Saskatchewan. It is important to study health and nutrition in all persons in Canada, but especially important for children because they are in a transition period where they are becoming more independent and begin to make their own choices related to food, nutrition and physical activities.

Culture, Migration & Food Security Sticky

In addition to the Healthy Immigrant Children study, we are also actively involved with research on food security in immigrant and refugee families. At this page you will find information and news pertaining to our research activities, particularly our recently funded collaborative international project.

LINK 2013 Registration NOW OPEN!


If you and/or your family is interested in partnering with a undergrad nutrition student during the Fall for the LINK program, please let us know! Please see the pamphlet attached. Thanks!

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New publications!


Study Shows Immigrant Children at High Risk of Vitamin D Deficiency (News Release)
June 2013

Vitamin D insufficiency and bone mineral status in a population of newcomer children in Canada.
May 2013

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CBC News covers the LINK project

Late Night News from Saskatchewan

CBC News: Saskatchewan Late Night News on November 26, 2012

Dr. Hassan Vatanparast hosts a cooking lab, as part of the LINK project, with nutrition students and newcomer families.

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HIC study is featured at kidSKAN newsletter


Video interview with Dr. Vatanparast about our studies on health and nutritional needs of newcomer children

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International Graduate Students Events Series


A Look at Health and Nutrition & Family Birthday Party

Organized by the International Student and Study Abroad Center in collaboration with Healthy Immigrant Children and the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre.

Date: Saturday March 10th, 2012
Venue: RJD Williams Building, 221 Cumberland Ave. North- Rooms 224 & 225
Time: 2pm - 5pm

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Refugee, immigrant kids deficient in vitamin D

Dr. Hassan Vatanparast

Alarming vitamin D deficincies - CBC Radio discusses and interviews Dr. Hassan Vatanparast about healthy newcomer children research

Dr. Hassan Vatanparast, Assistant Professor of Public Health Nutrition, has been conducting research into health and nutrition status of newcomers to Canada with a specific focus on children. Below are links to a CBC Radio interview and CBC News article for a recently completed research project in his lab by his Msc student, Ms. Christine Nisbet, about vitamin D deficiency in immigrant and refugee children.

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