October 24, 2016

Toronto, October 24, 2016 - The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) supports the federal Health Minister Jane Philpott’s announcement today of a Healthy Eating Strategy.

“We’re happy to see many initiatives in this comprehensive strategy that we’ve been advocating, such as revising Canada’s Food Guide, improving nutrition labelling and restricting food and beverage marketing to children,” says Dr. Jan Hux, CDA Chief Science Officer. “Healthy eating is key to healthy living and we want to see policies introduced that make the healthy choice the easy choice.”

Dr. Hux continued: “Nevertheless, the government’s timeline of five to ten years to consult and implement marketing restrictions to children is far too long. The evidence speaks for itself. These changes will benefit the health of our children. The time to act is now.”

Healthy eating is vital to maintain a healthy weight and avoid being overweight or obese – risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, 60 per cent of adult Canadians and one-third of children are either overweight or obese. Type 2 diabetes is appearing in children – unheard of several decades ago.

With another case of diabetes being diagnosed in Canada every three minutes, Canada urgently needs the Healthy Eating Strategy.

About the Canadian Diabetes Association
The CDA is the registered national charity that helps the 11 million Canadians with diabetes or prediabetes live healthy lives, and educates those at risk. In communities across Canada, the CDA:

  • offers educational programs and support services;
  • develops resources for health-care professionals on best practices to care for people with diabetes;
  • advocates with those affected by diabetes to governments, schools and workplaces; and,
  • funds research to improve treatments and find a cure.

For more information, visit diabetes.ca or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464).

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Paul Kilbertus
Senior Manager, Strategic Communications
Canadian Diabetes Association
Tel: 416-408-7083
Cell: 416-886-5187