Ontario moving in the right direction with launch of healthy communities program

TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) applauds the Ontario government for launching the Healthy Kids Community Challenge. The Challenge is modelled on the principles of EPODE - a science-based, multi-stakeholder approach, designed specifically to address childhood obesity and promote healthy, active lifestyles. Towns in Belgium that implemented the program saw a 22 per cent decrease in overweight children. FCPC supports the government's responsible approach of dedicating resources toward evidence-based programs that have proven results. FCPC looks forward to working with the government to ensure the success of this important initiative.

Statement on behalf of FCPC's Phyllis Tanaka, Registered Dietitian and Senior Advisor, Food and Nutrition

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