Canada’s new Healthy Eating Strategy will pay huge dividends

Proposed new Food Guide and nutrition labelling policies are crucial to helping Canadians achieve better health

Canada’s new Healthy Eating Strategy will pay huge dividendsThe long process of updating Canada’s Food Guide and reforming nutrition labelling will soon become a reality. And that’s good news. Collectively called Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy, the proposals by Health Canada have been open to public consultation – and, unfortunately, industry lobbying. No one is arguing with the rights of all Canadians to be…

The diet shell game

Stick to the evidence when reporting on – and endorsing – food studies. We need real solutions to obesity and Type 2 diabetes, not sales jobs

The diet shell gameTwo of the best-known American food journalists have been telling readers lately that the DASH and Mediterranean diets aren’t best for our health. But the evidence tells a different story. The journalists are Gary Taubes, the author of The Case Against Sugar, and Nina Teicholz, the author of the bestselling The Big Fat Surprise. In their recent…

Study: more fats, less carbohydrates, equal a balanced diet

Nutritionists have been telling us for years to load up on the low-fat products. Turns out that may have been a bad idea

Study: more fats, less carbohydrates, equal a balanced dietMcMaster University’s Population Health Research Institute just released a major study comparing the benefits of various diets around the world. After surveying 135,000 people over seven years in 18 countries, the study concluded that we should be eating more fats, more fruits and vegetables and fewer sugary carbohydrates. According to the lead author, Mahshid Dehgha,…

In the fight for kids’ attention, parents don’t stand a chance

Study shows Canadian kids see more than 25 million online food and beverage ads a year – mostly for junk food. It's time for that to end

In the fight for kids’ attention, parents don’t stand a chanceDear Parents, I’m writing you because you may be in the dark about the amount of unhealthy food and beverage marketing your children and teens are viewing. This isn’t your fault. It’s our reality. We’ve let food and beverage companies have a huge influence on our children. Twenty-five years ago, a parent might be expected…

Breaking technology’s pernicious grip on our children

The formative years with our children only come once. When we make them the highest priorities in our lives, we give them the message that they’re worthwhile

Breaking technology’s pernicious grip on our childrenTechnology is everywhere. But is it all good for us and – particularly – is it good for our children? The last 50 years have seen tremendous technological advancement. The 1960s television comedy Get Smart featured a mobile phone that the main character wore in his shoe. We laughed because it seemed impossible. Today, 95…

The importance of unstructured recess

By organizing activities at recess, or replacing recess with more classroom studies, educators are doing a horrible disservice to children

The importance of unstructured recessTORONTO, Ont. Dec. 28, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Educators like to focus on the three Rs – reading, writing, arithmetic – but pediatricians say we should add a fourth R of equal importance: recess. Recess has long been thought of simply as a break in the day. Kids let off steam and then return to the classroom with…

Health Canada may be biting off more than it can chew

Health Canada recently announced that it will completely overhaul its food labelling regulations – and replace its iconic food guide

Health Canada may be biting off more than it can chewHALIFAX, N.S. Oct. 27, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Should Canadians' food choices be a matter for bureaucrats and legislators to decide, or should it ultimately be left up to consumers? Health Canada recently announced that it will completely overhaul its food labelling regulations – and replace its iconic food guide. Protecting children and encouraging healthy lifestyles seem to…

Can McDonald’s Happy Meal find a healthy balance?

An interesting idea to encourage children to get in shape in the wake of the Olympics completely backfired for the fast-food giant

Can McDonald’s Happy Meal find a healthy balance?HALIFAX, N.S. Aug. 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Despite the wonderful athletic performances at the Olympics – including Canada's many medals – the big winner in Rio was certainly the International Olympic Committee (IOC), through its mega sponsorship deals. Over the years, well-known companies such as Coke and Kellogg’s have poured millions into the IOC. But the biggest name in food…

Relationship between sugar and obesity isn’t what you think

A study from the University of Washington concluded that obesity drives sugar consumption – not the other way around

Relationship between sugar and obesity isn’t what you thinkHALIFAX, N.S. June 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The message over the last decade or so is that sugar is highly addictive and pushed by food producers to make us eat as much as possible. Sugar leads to obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. It dries out our skin and makes us look old. It's poisonous,…

A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages not the answer to obesity

To tackle obesity in Canada, we need strategies that offer health education and support, not another tax on the poor

A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages not the answer to obesityWINNIPEG, Man. May 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ - A 'pop tax' is hardly a simple solution to the rising problem of obesity in Canada, despite the chorus of support. A recent [popup url="http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/421/soci/RMS/01mar16/NewsRelease-e.htm" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Senate report on obesity[/popup] in Canada recommends a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages be examined and points to tobacco product taxes as a successful example worth…