Children's Health & Safety Association

Issue 43: July 2018

Sunday, 30 March 2014 18:09

New Legislation for Calorie Counts

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March 6, 2014 – The Ontario government introduced legislation last February that will help consumers make healthier food choices for themselves and their families. Calorie counts including health beneficial information will be displayed on menus and menu boards of chain restaurants when patrons are making their food choices.

Ontario doctors have supported menu labelling legislation for some time and believe that calorie counting will have an impact on people who are concerned about their health and their children’s health.

4 grams of sugar =  1 teaspoon of granulated sugar.  The next time you read a food label – do the math!

Doctors will continue to work with the government on the inclusion of menu items that are high in sodium for people who are vulnerable to high blood pressure.

High calorie foods are not always obvious. Ketchup, salad dressing, spaghetti sauce, barbecue sauce, canned fruit, bottled teas, frozen breakfast food, granola bars and oatmeal packages all contain a lot of sugar. Even dried fruit roll ups contain up to 81% sugar.

The STRAIGHT FACTS and nothing but the facts…

  • Overweight or obese children have a much higher risk of developing serious diseases such as diabetes, asthma, joint problems and liver disease.
  • Overweight or obese children may have heart problems when they reach the age of 25.
  • Overweight or obese children are 80% more likely to become obese adults.
  • Only 4% of Canadian children receive the recommended amount of daily physical activity.
  • Three out of every five adults in Canada have a chronic disease such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer.
  • One out of every four adults in Canada is overweight or obese and a third of children and youth are already overweight or obese.
  • The costs related to obesity were estimated at 4.6 billion dollars in 2008 based on eight chronic diseases most frequently associated with obesity.

cal-006The Play Exchange – Active Living Challenge for Canada

To prevent childhood chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease and promote physical activity, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Canadian Tire and LIFT Philanthropy Partners have launched ‘The Play Exchange’, a platform where people can present their ideas for Canadians to lead active and healthy lives.

Do You Have a Great Idea?

The best ideas will be featured on national television in January 2015, when Canadians across the country will have the opportunity to vote for the idea they like the best. The winning entry will receive up to one million dollars to launch their project.

Canadian judges, selected by The Play Exchange, will review the proposals and select the best ideas. Business and community leaders will work with “innovators” to help expand their ideas and proposals.

“The Play Exchange is the first of its kind in Canada, harnessing our country’s innovative spirit and capitalizing on the momentum we already have in our country to encourage children and youth and all Canadians to be more active,” saidThe Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health.

“We want to hear directly from Canadians on how best to make Canada healthier. I encourage everyone to participate in this unique initiative and look forward to supporting the winning idea with up to $1 million to implement their innovation.”

Bruce Dewar, CEO of Partner Philanthropists LIFT said, “By bringing partners from the public, private and non-profit sectors together, The Play Exchange is changing the way we improve healthy, active living in Canada. Through this challenge, we are empowering Canadians to play an integral role in our country’s health and prosperity. We believe The Play Exchange will spark a national conversation on the important role individuals can play in finding effective and innovative solutions for a healthier Canada.”

For more information, please click on:

News Release

The Play Exchange – Fact Sheet

The Play Exchange website – view guidelines and criteria as well as entries already submitted

The Nutrition Facts Table

The Percent Daily Value

Food Labels – includes interactive tools and quizzes

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