Experts to present and debate evidence, panel to develop
OTTAWA, Feb. 28 /CNW Telbec/ -
WHAT: Policy Consensus Forum on Obesity and the Impact of Marketing on
WHO: The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) is
hosting a two-day conference. It will offer a unique opportunity
for Canadian and international experts to present the best
available legal, scientific and social evidence on food marketing
to children and its impact on obesity. Specifically, they will
examine the evidence both for and against increased regulation on
food marketing to Canadian children. An objective panel of broad-
based Canadians will listen to arguments by key subject matter
experts and then draft a consensus policy statement for public
release at the conference.
WHEN: Tuesday, March 4th, 2008
8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Presentations by experts
Wednesday, March 5th, 2008
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Public release of consensus statement, accompanying policy
recommendations and next steps for government and/or industry by
Media availability: Panel members, key subject matter experts and
other spokespeople will be available to the media from 10:45 a.m.
to 11:30 a.m. on March 5th.
WHERE: Marriott Hotel
100 Kent Street, Ottawa
WHY: Canada's child health experts agree that childhood obesity in
Canada is at epidemic proportions. Many feel that tackling
childhood obesity successfully in Canada will require a multi-
pronged approach which includes public policy limiting the
exposure of children to food marketing. There is a significant
debate as to whether marketing aimed at children requires
additional restrictions and the role that government and industry
should be playing to restrict marketing is also being questioned.
This conference offers a unique opportunity for Canadian and
international experts to come together and discuss the evidence
and their views on food marketing to children.
The Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) is a network of
leading health and non-health organizations who share a common vision for an
integrated system of research, surveillance, policies, and programs for
maintaining health and preventing chronic disease in Canada. CDPAC consists of
national, provincial and territorial organizations and alliances representing
hundreds of groups across Canada. CDPAC's mission is to lead and promote
country-wide efforts toward systems changes that will reduce chronic diseases
and improve the health of Canadians.
CDPAC's role is to advocate for systems change and to facilitate and
support information and knowledge exchange by connecting researchers,
practitioners and policy makers for improved chronic disease prevention in
Canada. CDPAC has hosted two very successful conferences titled Integrated
Chronic Disease Prevention: Getting it Together (held in 2004) and Integrated
Chronic Disease Prevention: Building it Together (held in 2006).
For further information:
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