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Dietitians Help Shape Healthy Eating Strategy



Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy was launched in October 2016 by the federal government. The healthy eating strategy is made up of interrelated policies that shape the food environment and support Canadians’ ability to choose healthier foods.  Some of the elements that make up Canada’s healthy eating strategy include Canada’s Food Guide, nutrition labelling, restrictions on marketing to children and the ban on partially hydrogenated oils in foods.
 

Why is a national healthy eating strategy important to dietitians?


As dietitians, food and nutrition policies have a great impact on the work we do. Dietitians understand that the food environment shapes consumers’ food choices, and that current food environments can make healthy eating a challenge. Dietitians advocate for food and nutrition policies that empower Canadians to eat healthier.
 

Advocacy by dietitians and Dietitians of Canada on Canada’s healthy eating strategy


There are a number of ways that DC members and staff have supported and advocated for the development of a national healthy eating strategy:
 
  • DC and member volunteers were involved in the revision of Canada’s Food Guide and provided feedback to Health Canada on Front-of-Package Nutrition Labelling and the ban on trans fats in foods. 
  • Dietitians of Canada is a member of the Stop Marketing to Kids (M2K) Coalition that advocates for restricting food and beverage marketing to children.
  • DC provided letters of support for members who wanted to join Health Canada’s Nutrition Science Advisory Committee. This committee will be a great opportunity for dietitians to contribute to Health Canada’s work related to food and nutrition policies.
Visit the Resource Library to review positions, reports and consultations on advocacy issues.  You can search by the topic of your choice or start with “food guide” or “policy”.
 

What can you do to learn more or get involved


If you would like to be informed of the different government health consultations, you can sign up for Canada’s Stakeholder Information Management System. We encourage you to provide feedback to consultations on your area of practice.
 
We will inform members of opportunities to respond individually to consultations and provide input to shape DC responses. Subscribe to Your Weekly Update and follow DC Social Media to stay up to date. For more information on how to get involved, contact Lisa McKellar, National Lead, Policy and Government Relations at lisa.mckellar@dietitians.ca.
 
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