Entries by mmgranger

Your Kid’s Apps Are Crammed With Ads

New York Times  A new study by Dr. Jenny Radesky, assistant professor of developmental behavioral pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School, found advertising present in almost all of the most downloaded apps for children ages five and younger, many of which appear to violate the F.T.C. rules regarding unfair and deceptive advertising. “In […]

Canadian kids see thousands of ads for unhealthy food on social media: study

CTV  “Nearly three-quarters of Canadian children are exposed to food marketing while using popular social media apps, a new study from the University of Ottawa found.” The study found that children see almost 6,000 ads per year on social media (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and YouTube), the majority of which promote “ultra-processed foods and beverages high in […]

Open Letter: Federal Government Healthy Eating Strategy

The Hill Times An open letter addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed by the Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Medical Association, Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada, Diabetes Canada and Heart & Stroke The letter congratulates Prime Minister for efforts on Healthy Eating Strategy and urging the federal government to complete the commitment to the […]

Canada’s artificial trans fats ban comes into effect

Health Canada announced earlier this week that it’s ban on artificial trans fats in food products is now in effect, as of Monday, September 17, 2018. Its is now illegal for Canadian food manufacturers to add artificial trans fats to any food sold in Canada. This includes imported foods as well as in any meals prepared in restaurants. The ban targets partially hydrogenated oils, or […]

City and schools can lead the charge against junk food

Ottawa Citizen Expert: …And while a great deal has changed over the course of the past 50 years, one of the most dramatic changes has been to food culture. There doesn’t seem to be an occasion too small to not warrant the use of junk food to reward, pacify or entertain, and is there a […]

Child Health Protection Act just the start of healthier food environments for kids

The Toronto Star Excerpt: “This legislation is a huge step forward for child health in Canada, one that all parents should welcome and support.” —Mary L’Abbé, Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Joannah & Brian Lawson Centre for Child Nutrition, University of Toronto. Tweet Suggestions: Include the hashtag #Marketing2Kids in your tweets and tag […]

Seriously, Juice is Not Healthy

The New York Times Excerpts:  “Despite all the marketing and government support, fruit juices contain limited nutrients and tons of sugar. In fact, one 12-ounce glass of orange juice contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, which is roughly what’s in a can of Coke”. “Juice should no longer be served regularly in day care centers and […]