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In this issue
  • In Case you Missed it: Alberta's 2017 Nutrition Report Card
  • New Publication: Policy Recommendations For Front-of-Package, Shelf, and Menu Labelling in Canada
  • Out Now: New Policy Diffusion Infographics 
  • Protect Canadian Children: Support Tobacco Plain Pack Regulation
  • Update: A Levy on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in Alberta
  • Issue Brief: An Active School Transportation Plan for Alberta 
  • Member Spotlight: Alberta Food Matters 
In Case You Missed it:
Alberta's 2017 Nutrition Report Card
Once upon a time, we thought healthy eating meant making “good” food choices. Research has shown that it is not that simple. Individual eating habits are also influenced by the environments in which we live, work and play. 

Released this fall, Alberta’s 2017 Nutrition Report Card on Food Environments for Children and Youth gives Alberta an overall score of "C." While this represents an improvement since 2016, the report reveals Alberta’s policies are still failing youth.

Most policies put in place a decade ago to try to protect children are having an impact, but there is an urgent need to extend these policies to those aged 12-17. The report card recommends specific actions to support youth’s nutrition—among them, making food skills education a requirement at the junior high level.
 
 
Interested in using the Report Card to take action to improve food environments in your community? Email us at info@abpolicycoalitionforprevention.ca.
Access the Report Card
New Publication
Policy Recommendations for Front-of-Package, Shelf, and Menu Labelling in Canada: Moving Towards Consensus 
Canadian Journal of Public Health
Authors: Kim D. Raine, Alexa R. Ferdinands, Kayla Atkey, Erin Hobin, Bill Jeffery, Candace I.J. Nykiforuk, Lana Vanderlee, Ellen Vogel, Barbara von Tigerstrom 

This paper examines the evidence, opportunities and challenges surrounding front-of-package, shelf and menu labelling in Canada and outlines recommendations for action. 
Access the Publication
Out Now: New Policy Diffusion Infographics
In its broadest sense, policy diffusion explores how governments learn from each other to adopt policies to meet their needs. Understanding how policies spread can help to identify opportunities for policy change. 

Through the POWER UP! project (2013-2016) and our partners at the PLACE research lab, we've developed three infographics exploring the spread of diverse healthy public policies across Canada: 
  • Daily Physical Activity Policy 
  • Fast Food Drive-Through Bans Policy 
  • Innovative Drinking Water Policy
Download the Infographics
Protect Canadian Children: Support Tobacco Plain Pack Regulation
APCCP member organizations like Heart & Stroke and Canadian Cancer Society are working hard to advocate for plain and standardized packaging of tobacco at the federal level. 

Legislation is now before parliament and we need to demonstrate pan-Canadian support to move it forward.

Plain and standardized packaging would prohibit all promotional features on all tobacco packaging, including the use of colours, images, logos, slogans, distinctive fonts, and finishes. Only the brand name would be allowed. Health warnings would remain on packages. The size and shape of the package would be standardized, thus prohibiting specialty package formats, such as slim and superslim cigarette packages that reduce warning size and overtly target women as shown in this photo. 
 

Show your support for plain packaging by sending a letter via email to your MP and sharing the campaign on social media!
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Update: A Levy on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages
This November, the APCCP is continuing it's efforts to advocate for a 50 cent per litre levy on sugar-sweetened beverages for Alberta. A levy could help reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as generate revenue for prevention. 
 

 
Stay tuned for important updates in the coming weeks. In the meantime, help us spread the word by sharing our message on Twitter and Facebook
Issue Brief: An Active School Transportation Plan for Alberta
Research suggests that participation in active school transportation, such as walking or riding a bicycle to school, can have a positive impact on children's activity levels.

To help reduce barriers to active transportation to school, the APCCP is calling for the development of an Active School Transportation Plan for Alberta schools.

To learn more, check out our issue brief.
Membership Spotlight: Alberta Food Matters 
Alberta Food Matters is a passionate non-profit that connects and links people, organizations, and groups. Since 2001, Alberta Food Matters has supported many projects and initiatives across Alberta, focusing on food security and food sovereignty using a community development approach.
 
One of Alberta Food Matters most recent projects was co-hosting Cultivating Connections this past January, Alberta’s first regional food system forum. In partnership with the Edmonton Food Council, this September AFM also hosted an event to gather feedback on the Government of Canada's consultation on a National Food Policy, which was then sent to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. 

To learn more about Alberta Food Matters, click here
News
Events
Shaping the Future 2018
Ever Active Schools
Jan 30 - Feb 3,
2018 | Alberta

Active Living Research 2018 
Active Living Research, Elsevier, Alberta Centre for Active Living
Feb 11-14, 2018 | Banff, Alberta
Tools & Resources
Designing Healthy Living 
Government of Canada 


Pathways to Policy: Nutrition and Food Environment 
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer 


The Affordability of Healthy Eating in Alberta 
Alberta Health Services


The Cost of Healthy Eating in Alberta 
Alberta Health Services 
ABOUT US: The APCCP is composed of 17 member organizations representing a broad range of practitioners, policy-makers, researchers, and community organizations who work to coordinate efforts, generate evidence, and advocate for policy change to reduce chronic diseases in Alberta. To see who our members are click here.
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