SOURCE: Heart and Stroke Foundation

Heart and Stroke Foundation

March 01, 2016 11:15 ET

Heart and Stroke Foundation Applauds Senate Committee Recommendations

Senate Report Outlines Important Nutrition Policy Measures to Support Healthy Choices

OTTAWA, ON--(Marketwired - March 01, 2016) -  The Heart and Stroke Foundation praises the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology for its comprehensive report on obesity and important nutrition policy recommendations that will have a real impact on the health of Canadians.

Restricting food and beverage marketing to kids will provide the protection our children deserve, and will support parents to make healthy choices for their families. This aligns with recommendations put forward by the recently launched national Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition, co-led by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Childhood Obesity Foundation. Children are exposed to unprecedented levels of unhealthy marketing in their entertainment, online and recreational activities.

"For more than forty years, industry has self-regulated but has shown very little self-restraint," says David Sculthorpe, CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation. "It is time for government to step in and tell industry that our children are not their business."

A tax on sugary beverages is a low cost policy intervention and the increased revenue to governments can be used for healthy living programs.

"Sugary drinks have little or no health benefits and they are the greatest contributor of sugar in our diets -- just one can contains 10 teaspoons of sugar," says Sculthorpe. "We know that taxation works and it will help decrease consumption."

Other recommendations put forward in the report include improvements to nutrition labelling and revisions to Canada's Food Guide. Both of these measures are overdue and will help Canadians make more informed food and beverage choices.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is committed to working with the federal government to implement the recommendations made by the Senate committee.

Over 60 per cent of adult Canadians and over 30 percent of children and youth are overweight or obese, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation's mission is to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery. A volunteer-based health charity, we strive to tangibly improve the health of every Canadian family, every day. Healthy lives free of heart disease and stroke. Together we will make it happen.

Contact Information

  • For more information, please contact:
    Stephanie Lawrence
    Heart and Stroke Foundation