You're invited to

Setting the


Policy Table


JUNE 2017
2:00 - 3:30 PM EDT
Dear Colleagues:
We are writing to invite you to “Setting the Policy Table” a national webinar on the latest strategies and actions by public health officials Canada-wide to help address some of the key issues underpinning the poor nutritional health of children. The webinar will be held on June 27th from 2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT. As well, a French language webinar is also being planned, with more information forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Below you will find more information on the background and context for this webinar. Webinar speakers and registration information can be viewed here. We hope you will join us for this event and that you will promote it widely among your staff and colleagues. Thank you!

One final request, please review and share this important video designed to engage Canadians (especially parents) on the issue of food and beverage marketing to children. We think you’ll enjoy it!


Dr. David Butler-Jones,
Director, Board of Directors, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Professor, University of Manitoba, Former Chief Public Health Officer

Mr. Yves Savoie,
CEO, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Why is this event timely?

Restrictions on the marketing of food and beverages to children and policies/guidelines around sugary drinks constitute promising levers to address the root causes of chronic disease. As a matter of fact, the World Health Organization has called for global action to: a) reduce the impact of marketing of unhealthy foods to children, and b) curtail the consumption and health impacts of sugary drinks.

The marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to Canadian children has now reached unprecedented levels, with exposure at greater than 25 million advertisements per year over the internet alone. Compounding this, children are now consuming more sugar-laden drinks than ever before. A recent study led by Dr. David Hammond at Waterloo indicates that sugary drinks will account for an estimated $50 billion in direct health care costs over the next 25 years.

Health professionals in regions across Canada have been working with stakeholders at all levels to advance evidence-based policies that will help turn this situation around. With the federal government currently working to develop leading-edge legislation to restrict food and beverages marketing to children, and with scores of health organizations mobilized to advance sugary drinks policies, the time is opportune for systemic change. 

The tobacco control milestones of the past century were made possible largely by the collective actions of health officials, researchers, NGOs, and policy-makers. This is our chance to make history, once again, with groundbreaking achievements in nutrition policy. 
Who’s organizing this event and why?

Over the past year, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has been working on an important initiative aimed at curbing the some of the latest disturbing trends in children’s nutrition. The Children's Nutrition Campaign is a multifaceted strategy with two primary objectives:

1. Introducing restrictions to the marketing of food and beverages to children. 
2. Introducing measures to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks in children. 

Up to now the campaign has been mainly focused at the federal level but is now ready to expand to provincial and municipal-level activity. This is where the timely leadership and coordinated action of public health officials Canada-wide can help bring these efforts to a next level of impact, and accelerate the widespread adoption of evidence-based nutrition policies.

In order to kick-start a strategic dialogue and coordinated collaboration across the public health community we are very pleased to announce a special national webinar series designed for and given by public health officials. The inaugural webinar in this series, titled, ““Setting the Policy Table,” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM EDT, and we would like to invite you and your fellow public health colleagues to attend. 

Here, you will find a promotional poster for the first webinar. We kindly ask that you register to attend this webinar and further ask that you forward this information to others who would also enjoy and benefit from participating in it. 

Thank you for your leadership and dedication to improving the health of Canadian children, and to advancing public health and equity.
Learn more about our panellists

Dr. Catherine Donovan, Professor, A/MHO, Memorial University, Newfoundland.

Dr. David Butler-Jones, Director, Board of Directors, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Dr. Evan Adams, CMO, BC First Nations, Health Authority
Dr. Michael Isaac, MHO Thompson, Manitoba and Northern Health Region
Dr. Chris Mackie, MHO, Middlesex-London Health Unit, Ontario
We hope you are able to join us.
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