Peak Performance was started in 1995 in Ottawa, Ontario, by Elizabeth (Beth) Mansfield, PhD, MSc, RD, a Registered Dietitian, Certified Exercise Physiologist, and Sport Nutrition Specialist. Beth is registered with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology and is Board Certified in Sports Dietetics (CDR-USA). Beth has recently been appointed Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Nutrition of McGill University.
- As a Registered Dietitian and Exercise Specialist, Beth conducts group and individual programs to help people to improve their eating habits, integrate physical activities into their lifestyle, and manage their weight.
- As a Sport Nutritionist, Beth works with competitive and recreational athletes of all levels and ages to ensure that they are eating for peak health and performance in life and sport. Some of the teams and athletes at the international, national, University, provincial, regional and professional levels benefitting from her nutrition expertise include athletics, rugby, squash, basketball, soccer, tennis, gymnastics, figure skating, cycling (road, track, tandem, para), triathlon, half/full iron-man, cross country skiing, speed skating (in-line and ice), equestrian (jumper, dressage, eventing), wrestling, judo, table tennis, goalball, ringuette, hockey, sledge hockey, swimming, water polo, canoe/kayak, and white water kayak, .
- As a workplace wellness advocate, Beth specializes in applying training principles developed for sport performance to business executives and the development of workplace wellness programming for both the government and business sectors.
Dr. Mansfield also conducts health focused research using evidence based analysis in a systematic way to answer practical nutrition related concerns/questions.
- In partnership with the Canadian Association of the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS) she has conducted research on the physical activity behaviours and beliefs of socioeconomically disadvantaged mothers in Canada. http://www.caaws-mothersinmotion.ca/e/lowstatus/index.cfm
- In partnership with McGill University’s School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, she has investigated individual, social and environmental correlates of weight control in a representative sample of Canadian women involved in training and competing in road running races throughout Canada.
- As part of her work within the Bureau of Nutritional Sciences at Health Canada she is focused on developing nutrition labeling policy and regulations that meet the needs of those people who suffer the most inequities in health. She has recently adapted a health literacy screening tool, The Newest Vital Sign©, for use in the Canadian context and has integrated this into consumer research on front of pack labeling and labeling approaches for supplemented foods.
- Mansfield, E., Wahba, R., Gillis, D., Weiss, B., & L’Abbé, M. (2018). Canadian adaptation of the Newest Vital Sign©, a health literacy assessment tool. Public Health Nutrition, 21(11), 2038-2045. doi:10.1017/S1368980018000253 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2969229
- Miller D, Jones-McLean E, Mansfield ED, Esslinger K, Elvidge Munene L, Dumais L, Verreault MF, St-Pierre S, and M Villeneuve (2015). Health Reports – A surveillance tool to assess diets according to Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. Health Reports 82-003-X Vol 26 No.11, Statistics Canada.
- Sinclair SE, Cooper, M, and ED Mansfield. (2014) The impact of menu labelling on calories selected or consumed: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Published online July 15, 2014; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2014.05.014
- Sinclair SE, Mansfield ED and GA Wells. (2013). Evidence for a whole grains and coronary heart disease health claim. International Food Risk Analysis Journal, ISBN: 1848-2368, InTech, DOI: 10.5772/56209.
- Mansfield ED (2013). Correlates of weight control in Canadian women. McGill University E-Thesis.
- Mansfield ED, Ducharme N and KG Koski (2012). Physical activity behaviours and beliefs of socioeconomically disadvantaged mothers in Canada. International Journal of Nutrition and Physical Activity, 9(42); http://www.ijbnpa.org/content/pdf/1479-5868-9-42.pdf