Multi-Lingual Nutrition Fact Sheets on Food Labelling to Promote Healthy Eating Now Accessible to Several High-Risk Cultural Communities in Canada



    TORONTO, Nov. 7 /CNW/ - Dietitians of Canada (DC) and the
Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA), are reaching out to multicultural
communities to promote healthy food choices using the Nutrition Facts Panel on
packaged foods. To do so they have adapted and translated two nutrition fact
sheets on food labelling for use by Chinese, Punjabi and Spanish speaking
Canadians - three cultural communities who are identified as having a higher
risk of developing type 2 diabetes and chronic heart disease. This initiative
was made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from SPLENDA(R)
Brand.
    These revised nutrition fact sheets are an extension of Healthy Eating is
In Store for You(TM), a collaboration between the Canadian Diabetes
Association and Dietitians of Canada. To access the new resources, link to
www.healthyeatingisinstore.ca/program_resources.asp or visit www.splenda.ca.
    "Type 2 diabetes is still one of fastest growing diseases in Canada,
however it can be prevented, delayed or managed by making healthy lifestyle
choices," says Sharon Zeiler from Canadian Diabetes Association. "With Asian,
South-Asian and Spanish cultural communities at higher risk, it is important
that we speak to these communities here in Canada, especially new Canadians,
in the language that they feel most comfortable with if we're to make any sort
of positive impact on their health."
    Language is an important factor to reaching cultural communities in
Canada when it comes to educational materials and resources. In fact, census
data indicates that among new Canadians, 31 per cent speak Chinese at home
while Punjabi is the second most popular language at 7.4 per cent. Just over
4 per cent of Canadian immigrant families speak Spanish at home.
    "Recognizing that Canada's population is multicultural and ethnically
diverse, it is important that as nutrition educators, we do what we can to
empower as many people as possible to make smart food choices," says Thida Ith
from Dietitians of Canada. "Healthy eating habits start at home, therefore we
have the opportunity to influence not just new Canadians, but generations to
come."
    "SPLENDA(R) has always been a proud supporter of healthy living," says
Irene Chin, Senior Brand Manager for SPLENDA(R). "Sponsoring the translation
of these nutrition fact sheets, and making them available on our website is an
important step towards reaching more Canadians to communicate the benefits and
know-how of healthier eating."

    About The Canadian Diabetes Association: The Canadian Diabetes
Association works to prevent diabetes and improve the quality of life for
those affected, through research, education, service and advocacy. With a
presence in more than 150 communities, the Canadian Diabetes Association's
strong network of assistance includes volunteers, employees, healthcare
professionals and partners. Visit www.diabetes.ca to learn more.

    About Dietitians of Canada: Dietitians of Canada represents more than
5,600 dietitians across Canada and is committed to promoting the health and
well-being of consumers through food and nutrition. For trusted information on
nutrition and healthy eating and to register to receive DC's regular nutrition
updates, visit Dietitians of Canada award-winning website at
www.dietitians.ca.

    About SPLENDA(R): SPLENDA(R) Brand is owned and marketed by
McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNeil PDI Inc. For more information,
visit www.splenda.ca. McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNeil PDI Inc
markets a broad range of well-known and trusted over-the-counter (OTC) and
Nutritional products around the globe. McNeil Consumer Healthcare Canada
markets products in the low calorie sweetener, adult and pediatric pain
relief, allergy, gastro-intestinal and nicotine-replacement categories.





For further information:

For further information: Elissa Zaks, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, (416)
642-7969, ezaks@webershandwick.com; Thida Ith, Corporate Communications and
Promotions Manager, Dietitians of Canada, (514) 504-8689, tith@dietitians.ca;
Johanna Raynaud, Massy-Forget Public Relations, (514) 842-2455, ext. 22,
jraynaud@mfrp.com

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