Resolving to be healthier

March/April 2017   Comments

Marc BourgeoisAlready a couple of months into 2017 and I’ve yet to abandon my New Year’s resolution to achieve better health. Only about half of Canadians who make a resolution manage to keep it for a month. Although my approach to maintaining — if not improving — my health started more than a decade ago, I find it particularly challenging to stay motivated through the winter. My objective is not to regain my 20-something beach body but rather to ensure I remain healthy for another 30 or more years.

I try to find new activities or research to help me shake up my routine a bit and make it less of a chore. That’s particularly true when it comes to eating and being able to find a variety of healthier food choices.

The various guides I’ve viewed on Health Canada’s and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s websites helped me better understand food, food allergies and allergen labels, as well as where to buy organic food. I have adopted several of their recommendations and tools.

In this issue of Canadian Nurse, we share information about current proposals for food labelling changes that would aid consumers in making the right choices. These include putting labels on the front of packages, ensuring all sugar content in prepackaged food is listed and requiring labelling of genetically modified food. Another bill that proposes amendments to the Food and Drugs Act would prohibit food and beverage marketing directed at children. We also have a feature about the start of a major overhaul of Canada’s Food Guide. These articles provide in-depth coverage of some of the aims of Health Canada’s healthy eating strategy.

These initiatives will complement the efforts I put into maintaining my health by exercising and counting calories. I’m pleased with Ontario’s new Healthy Menu Choices Act, which requires restaurant chains to list the calories for each menu item, allowing me to plan my meals and make better choices.

Sasha McNicoll, coordinator of the Coalition for Healthy School Food at Food Secure Canada, has the Last Word, calling on the federal government to create a national school food program.

By including these food- and nutrition-related articles, my hope is that this issue will become a reference tool for you, our readers, and your clients and patients.

We hope you appreciate the informative content in this issue of Canadian Nurse.

Marc Bourgeois

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