Several months ago I proposed an initiative at our Board of Health to begin consulting the public and reviewing the Ottawa landscape about the marketing of unhealthy food and drink to children. I was thankful to receive the unanimous support of our board.
Below you will find more information and the link to a survey where I'm hopeful you will offer your feedback.
Make no mistake, even as a parent myself, I am a realist. I know that our children live in a world full of food options, some healthy, some not. I realize we cannot change that. I do believe though that the understanding we have as adults as to the benefits and consequences of our food choices are less understood by our children. While education seeks to change that, we could offer children and parents help by setting some ground rules around what was reasonable when offering children less healthy food choices. In the words of one of my colleagues at our Board of Health meeting: "as a parent today, I don't want my job done for me, but I could use an ally."
I ask you to complete the anonymous survey and offer your feedback.
You are welcome to contact me as well. I'd welcome your thoughts on this important topic.
Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has launched a public consultation asking residents, businesses and sports groups to ‘have their say’ on the marketing of unhealthy food and beverage to children and youth in our community.
The results of the consultation will help OPH better understand what Ottawa residents think about the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children and youth in Ottawa and will be used to guide future public health work in this area.
A bilingual survey is now available online until August 14, 2017. In addition to the survey, residents and stakeholders are invited to participate in a Facebook Live chat on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The live chat will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a special noon-hour presentation with guest speaker Mr. Manuel Arango, Director of Health Policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
OPH invites all Ottawa business and industry organizations, and sports and child-focused groups to contact OPH should they wish to participate in a focus group on the marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children and youth. Interested parties can do so by emailing M2CY@ottawa.ca.
Other opportunities to provide feedback on this public consultation include calling the OPH Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656), written submission via email to M2CY@ottawa.ca, regular mail, and via OPH social media networks Facebook and Twitter.