ASA24
ASA24-Canada

A Canadian adaptation of the Automated Self-Administered 24-hour Dietary Assessment Tool (ASA24-Canada), developed by the Food Directorate at Health Canada in collaboration with NCI, has been freely available since April 2014. The adaptation of the ASA24 system makes it possible to collect dietary recall data, and for the 2016 version, food record data, in a range of studies in Canada using a tool tailored to the Canadian context. View more details about all 2016 versions of ASA24.

An updated version (ASA24-Canada-2016) was released in October 2016.

ASA24-Canada makes use of the ASA24 Respondent and Researcher Websites, with modifications made to reflect the Canadian food supply. Foods unique to Canada have been added and those not available in Canada removed. Many changes reflect differences in brand name and fast food restaurant items between the two countries. As well, metric measurements have been added.

The ASA24 nutrient database was adapted using the Canadian Nutrient FileExternal Web Site Policy (CNF2015) and a Canadian recipe database used for surveillance. A small proportion (8%) of codes from the 2009-2010 (version 5.0) and 2011-2012 Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary StudiesExternal Web Site Policy (FNDDS) codes could not be matched to Canadian foods. For these, FNDDS codes were used and nutrient values were adjusted to account for fortification differences when necessary. Portion sizes were assigned Canadian gram weights if available. If not, FNDDS gram weights consistent with Canadian portion sizes were used. For items in the CNF and Canadian recipe database without complete nutrient profiles, appropriate FNDDS values were used when available. ASA24-Canada-2016 also links to the United States Department of Agriculture's 2011-2012 Food Patterns Equivalents DatabaseExternal Web Site Policy and provides amounts of food groups and other dietary components (e.g., added sugars, oils). The dietary supplement database used in ASA24-Canada-2016 is based on the Licensed Natural Health Products DatabaseExternal Web Site Policy and supplemented by the NHANES Dietary Supplement Database 2007-2008External Web Site Policy.

A mobile version of ASA24-Canada was released in October 2016. When registering to use ASA24-2016, Researchers have the opportunity to select the Canadian version. The ASA24-Canada-2016 Respondent Website includes English and French language options, and can be completed using mobile devices.

With the release of the 2016 version, new studies can no longer register to use ASA24-Canada-2014. Previously registered studies may continue to use ASA24-Canada-2014 until March 2017. If data collection will continue past March 2017, Researchers will need to transition studies to ASA24-Canada-2016.

Resources available throughout the ASA24 website, including the Researcher Instructions, are available to assist Canadian users with setting up and conducting studies using the ASA24 system.

A Website and listserv specific to ASA24-Canada have been developed for researchers, clinicians, and educators wishing to keep updated on new developments with ASA24-Canada and connect with others who use this tool. Learn more about ASA24-CanadaExternal Web Site Policy.

The development of ASA24-Canada-2016 has been supported by Health Canada's Food Directorate, the Alberta Cancer Foundation, and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer through funds allocated to Alberta's Tomorrow Project, and contributions from a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award provided to Dr. David Hammond at the University of Waterloo.

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