In my role as Chair of Ottawa Public Health (OPH), I am happy to share that OPH has launched a public consultation asking residents, businesses and sports groups to ‘have their say’ on marketing of unhealthy food and beverage to children and youth in our communities.
The results of the consultation will help OPH better understand what Ottawa residents think about marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children and youth in Ottawa and will be used to guide future public health work in this area.
A bilingual survey is now available online until August 14, 2017. In addition to the survey, residents are invited to participate in a live Facebook chat on June 21, 2017. The live chat will run from 8:00am to 3:00pm with a special noon hour presentation with guest speaker Mr. Manuel Arango, Director of Health Policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation to discuss their report “The kids are not alright: How the food and beverage industry is marketing our children and youth to death”.
OPH invites all Ottawa business and industry organizations, and sports and child-focused groups to contact OPH should they wish to participate in a focus group on marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children and youth. Interested parties can do so by emailing M2CY@ottawa.ca.
Other opportunities to provide feedback on this public consultation include calling the OPH Information Line at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656),written submission via email to M2CY@ottawa.ca, regular mail, and via social media networks on Facebook and Twitter.
I highly encourage all residents to take a moment to provide their feedback as this is an important issue regarding how unhealthy foods and drinks are promoted to our youth. By providing feedback, you are helping to shape the healthy eating habits for children not only today but in the future of Ottawa.
I would like to thank OPH for pursuing this excellent initiative and also thank all residents for contributing your time to complete the survey. Thank you.
For additional information, please visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca.