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Support for Ontario's Healthy Eating Initiatives

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Support for Ontario's Healthy Eating Initiatives

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

"As a mother, I know how important it is to have the right information about what we're feeding our children.  I am hopeful that these consultations will help us develop a plan to provide that information to families so they can make smart choices."

-- Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services

"The Canadian Diabetes Association strongly welcomes the Government of Ontario's response to the Healthy Kids Panel Report. The link between unhealthy weights in children and the emerging prevalence of serious chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes (until recently seen only in adult populations) is clear. Menu labelling legislation demonstrates a strong commitment towards positive change and supporting a healthier lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy weight is essential to preventing, delaying and avoiding diabetes and its secondary complications. For the more than 1.3 million Ontarians living with diabetes, maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important elements in managing their disease."

-- Rick Blickstead, President and CEO, Canadian Diabetes Association

"Today, it is just common-sense to fasten your seat belt, put your baby in a car seat, and butt out your cigarette before you go into the office. Ten years from now, we'll look back and wonder how we could ever have deliberately target-marketed junk food to kids, and made mysteries of the nutritional information of the foods we eat. These advances just make sense.  To stop the childhood obesity epidemic we must work together - and quickly - to change the food environment."

-- Alex Munter, CEO of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and co-chair of the Healthy Kids Panel 

"With new commitments to breastfeeding, student nutrition and now menu labelling, I am so pleased to see such great progress on the implementation of the recommendations of the Healthy Kids Panel. We heard from parents that they need support to make the healthy choice the easy choice, every time - and today's announcement is another important step in that direction."

-- Kelly Murumets, CEO of ParticipACTION and co-chair of the Healthy Kids Panel

"The restaurant industry has already shown leadership - many already have nutritional information available at their restaurants on tray liners, posters, pamphlets, QR Codes or nutritional information apps. Many also have nutritional information available on their websites so their guest can plan ahead before dining out or ordering. Municipalities led by the City of Toronto are ready to regulate menu labeling, leading to a patchwork of models all over Ontario that will have dire consequences. ORHMA continues to support the Informed Dining Program, but since the government is preparing to legislate nutritional information we will participate in consultations to ensure the industry is at the table with important decisions in the framework ahead."

-- Tony Elenis, President and CEO of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association

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