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APCCP December 2018 E-News
The latest news and resources related to healthy public policy in Alberta. To modify your subscription, click here.
In This Issue
  • Municipal Resource Hub for Healthy Food Policies
  • Protect Canadian Children: Support Restrictions on Food and Beverage Marketing
  • Alberta Receives a 'C' on the 2018 Alberta Nutrition Report Card
  • Member Spotlight: The Lung Association, Alberta and NWT
  • Happy Holidays from APCCP
  • New Publications
  • Alberta Nutrition Report Card Webinar Series
  • Healthy School Food Program Petition
Municipal Resource Hub for
Healthy Food Policies

Once upon a time, we thought healthy eating meant making “good” food choices. However, research has shown that it is not that simple. Our eating habits are also influenced by the settings where we live, work, and play.

Municipalities have the ability to foster environments that provide and encourage healthy food choices, which protects and promotes child and youth health.

To support communities in improving access to healthy food, APCCP partnered with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and the Benchmarking Food Environments Project at the University of Alberta School of Public Health to develop a healthy food policy hub for municipalities. The hub contains information, tools, and resources to assist municipalities in supporting healthy eating in their communities. For example, you can find a checklist to assess your school's lunch menu or suggestions for how to make your municipality more breastfeeding friendly. 

Check out the hub for more ways to support healthy eating in your community!

Access the Hub
Protect Canadian Children:
Support Restrictions on Food and Beverage Marketing
Children are bombarded with ads for food and beverages morning, noon, and night, every day of the week. They are targeted through multiple channels and settings, online, at home, at school, in restaurants, and in rec centres. Over 90% of the food marketed to children in Canada is high in sugar, fat or salt.

Marketing works – it persuades kids to want junk food and drinks, and they pester their parents to buy these products. Parents want their kids to develop healthy eating habits but are at a significant disadvantage against the millions of dollars that industry spends to target kids with ads for products high in sugar, fat and salt. It is not a fair fight.

This video from Heart & Stroke explains why restricting marketing to children is so important:
 

Heart & Stroke Marketing to Kids Video

APCCP and other member organizations of the Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition have been advocating for marketing restrictions at the federal level.

Bill S-228, the Child Health Protection Act, will prohibit the marketing of food and beverages high in sugar, fat, and salt to children under the age of 13. It is awaiting passage in the Senate and we need to demonstrate pan-Canadian support to get it over the finish line.

Show your support for Bill-S228 by sending an email to your Senators and sharing the campaign on social media using the hashtags #Marketing2Kids and #BillS228! Let's put children's health first.
Contact Your Senator
Alberta Receives a 'C' on the
2018 Alberta Nutrition Report Card
The 2018 Nutrition Report Card on Food Environments for Children and Youth gave Alberta a ‘C’ at making the healthy choice the easy choice when it comes to food for kids. The fourth annual assessment shows a theme of stagnant low grades in municipalities’ sphere of influence.

It encourages municipalities to support healthy food environments through planning and policy development, including:
  • using municipal zoning bylaws to stop the proliferation of fast-food outlets and convenience stores within walking distance (i.e. 500 m) of schools;
  • prioritizing healthy food availability within public spaces, such as recreation centres, through healthy food vending contracts; and
  • supporting local school boards and districts to make adherence to the Alberta Nutrition Guidelines for Children and Youth mandatory.
 

“Children are influenced by their local environment. Living in a community with predominantly poor food options, such as fast food and convenience stores, inundated with extensive marketing of cheap, calorie-dense, low nutrient foods negatively impacts their health.” - Dr. Kim Raine, Co-Lead of APCCP and Primary Investigator for the Nutrition Report Card
 
Interested in using the report card to encourage policy change in your community? Email us at info@abpolicycoalitionforprevention.ca.
Learn more about Alberta's 2018 Nutrition Report Card
Member Spotlight:
The Lung Association, Alberta and NWT

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The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT is a non-profit and volunteer-based charity that raises money to fight lung disease, fund lung health research and support patients in need. The organization also advocates on lung health issues with government, industry and the community.

The Lung Association's key activities include:

  • raising money for critical research to find a cure or a new treatment for lung diseases like asthma, lung cancer and COPD
  • advocating in public policy
  • encouraging clean air
  • providing patient support
  • serving as an information source on lung health
  • supporting lung health professionals
  • providing lung health education sessions to schools, health fairs and workplace

Their vision is to create a world free of lung disease. To learn more about the Lung Association, click here.

Happy Holidays from APCCP!
New Publications
Check out the following publications from APCCP team members:

Promotion of physical activity in rural, remote, and Northern settings: A Canadian call to action 
Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada
Nykiforuk, Atkey, Brown, Caldwell, Galloway, Gilland, Kongats, McGavock & Raine

Advocacy coalition impacts on healthy public policy-oriented learning in Alberta, Canada (2009–2016): A difference-in-differences analysis
Social Science & Medicine
Nykiforuk, McGetrick, Raine & Wild
Alberta Nutrition Report Card Webinar Series
In November, the APCCP co-hosted a webinar series with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and Rural Municipalities of Alberta on the Alberta Nutrition Report Card. 

The two-part webinar series explored the role municipalities can play in supporting healthy food choices.
Part 1 Recording: Physical and Communication Environments
Part 2 Recording: Economic, Social and Political Environments
Healthy School Food Program Petition

Canada is one of the only industrialized countries without a national school food program and was recently ranked 37th of 41 rich countries regarding providing healthy food for kids by UNICEF.

Sign this petition calling for the federal government to implement a national universal healthy school food program, which will enable children to develop food and nutrition habits required to lead healthy lives and succeed at school!

News
Events
Shaping the Future 2018
Ever Active Schools
January 31 - February 2, 
2019
Lake Louise, Alberta

Winter Walk Day
Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere (SHAPE)
February 6, 2019
Various locations across Alberta

Western Canadian Tobacco Reduction Forum
Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta
February 21, 2019
Edmonton, Alberta
Tools & Resources
APCCP Resource Hub
APCCP

Nutrition Resources
Alberta Health Services

Household Food Insecurity in Alberta
Alberta Health Services
ABOUT US: The APCCP is composed of 16 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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