Making Healthy Choices A Priority

    McGuinty Government Promotes Healthy Eating During Nutrition Month

    TORONTO, March 3 /CNW/ - Healthy eating and physical activity are not
just good habits; they are also key to combating the onset of many chronic
    March is Nutrition Month, a perfect time to remind people that overeating
and obesity is threatening the health of Ontarians. By being more physically
active and maintaining a healthier body weight, people may reduce the risks of
diabetes, heart disease, and prevent some types of cancer and other illnesses.
    The province developed the Healthy Eating and Active Living Action Plan
to support Ontarians in making healthy choices. The plan offers new programs
and strategies and builds on existing ones to support healthy eating and
active living in Ontario.

    The four strategies of the plan are:

    -  Grow healthy children and youth
    -  Build healthy communities
    -  Champion healthy public policy
    -  Promote public awareness and engage Ontarians


    "There's no better way to celebrate Nutrition Month than for Ontario
consumers and their families to be smart shoppers, eat healthy foods and do
something active every day," said Government and Consumer Services Minister
Ted McMeekin.
    "Nutrition Month is a great opportunity to involve children in both the
planning and preparation of healthy meals," said Minister of Health Promotion
Margarett Best. "It's important that we encourage the development of healthy
eating habits in our youngsters, so they continue to make healthy choices as
they get older."


    -   In 2003, almost one out of every two adults in Ontario was overweight
        or obese.
    -   Between 1981 and 1996, the number of obese children in Canada between
        the ages of seven and 13 tripled
    -   Increases in obesity rates are contributing to a dramatic rise in
        illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke,
        hypertension and some cancers.


    Read Ontario's Healthy Eating and Active Living Action Plan.

    Find advice for healthier living at

    Get information on nutrition and healthy eating at Eat Right

    Speak to a registered dietitian at 1-877-510-5102.

    Disponible en français


                       THE 2008 SMART CONSUMER CALENDAR

    March 2008: Making Healthy Choices During Nutrition Month

    A combination of poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyles can
contribute to the onset of many chronic diseases including diabetes, heart
disease and some types of cancer.
    The Eat Right Ontario call centre provides trustworthy nutrition
information free-of-charge to all residents in the province. Ontarians can
speak to a Registered Dietitian by calling 1-877-510-5102 toll-free between
9:00AM and 5:00PM. features articles and self-health assessment tools in
addition to the latest medical information and health care services provided
by a range of experts and organizations that are focused on health and
    Make a commitment to do something healthy each day and record your daily
accomplishments on each square of the calendar - be sure to congratulate
yourself along the way. Once you start eating nutritious, healthy food and
increasing your daily activity, you'll be amazed at how much better you'll
look and feel.
    Changing old patterns is not easy at the start. Just do something new a
few times and it soon becomes a healthy habit.

    2008 Smart Consumer Calendar

    The 2008 Smart Consumer Calendar provides consumers with helpful tips and
resources, while educating them about frauds and scams in the marketplace.

    -   The ministry is distributing 275,000 English and 30,000 French copies
        of the calendar to individuals and organizations across Ontario.
    -   The calendar is available at all MPP constituency offices, and at all
        Service Ontario/government information centres.
    -   The calendar can be ordered by individuals and groups, free of
        charge, by calling 1-800-668-9938, or by ordering online at
    -   The calendar can also be downloaded from the ministry's website at
    -   The 2008 Smart Consumer calendar is proudly sponsored by a number of
        private and public sector organizations, who work to protect both
        consumers and businesses across Ontario from frauds and scams,
           - Board of Funeral Services
           - Financial Services Commission of Ontario
           - Ministry of Health Promotion
           - Ontario Energy Board
           - Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council
           - Real Estate Council of Ontario
           - Bank of Canada
           - Investor Education Fund
           - Canadian Motor Vehicle Arbitration Plan
           - Canadian Health Care Anti-Fraud Association
           - Interac Association
           - Canada Revenue Agency - Charities Directorate

    Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Greg Dennis, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3072;
Ciaran Ganley, Communications Branch, (416) 325-8659

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