November 12, 2014
The undersigned organizations of the Hypertension Advisory Committee express their support of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s (CFPC) report, From Red to Green. From Stop to Go, which outlines several nationally and internationally advocated policy initiatives that have the potential to prevent and control diet-related chronic diseases in both children and adults.
The Hypertension Advisory Committee, led by the CIHR/HSF Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control, Dr. Norm Campbell, is equally committed to urging governments at all levels to develop and implement nutrition policies to create environments that promote the availability, accessibility and consumption of affordable healthy food. Echoing the recommendations of the CFPC report, dozens of national and provincial health groups have supported complementary policy statements calling on the federal government to restrict unhealthy food and beverage marketing to children and to develop and implement healthy food and beverage procurement policies in publicly funded and private sector settings. This includes all settings where children and youth gather.
Canada’s current policy approach of nutrition education and industry volunteerism has not been effective at improving Canada’s unhealthy food environment. The recommendations outlined in the above report have evidence of effectiveness of improving dietary behaviors in childhood with the potential to prevent and control obesity and other diet-related diseases currently killing millions of Canadians.
Healthy weights are stated federal, provincial, and territorial government priorities. The undersigned urge all levels of government to follow the efforts of other OECD countries and take action on the CFPC recommendations without further delay.
Susan Morris RNBN MEd CNCC(C) CCN(C)
President, Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses
Norm Campbell, MD, CM, FRCPC
CIHR/HSF Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control, University of Calgary
Braden Manns, MD, MSc, FRCPC
President, Canadian Society of Nephrology
Ernesto L. Schiffrin, MD, CM,PhD, FRSC, FRCPC, FACP
President, Hypertension Canada
Anne Sutherland Boal, RN, BA, MHSA
CEO, Canadian Nurses Association
Bert Govig, MD, MPH
Coalition Pour L’Acquisition De Saines Habitudes / Coalition for the Acquisition of Sound Habits
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The Canadian Hypertension Advisory Committee is a group of leading national health and scientific organizations convened to support the mandate and priorities of the Canadian Chair in Hypertension Prevention and Control. Member organizations include the Canadian Association of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation, Canadian Cardiovascular Society, Canadian Council of Cardiovascular Nurses, Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Pharmacists Association, Canadian Society of Internal Medicine, Canadian Society of Nephrology, College of Family Physicians of Canada, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Hypertension Canada, and the Public Health Physicians of Canada
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