Ottawa Public Health (OPH) wants to know what you think about the practice of marketing unhealthy food and drinks to children and youth. By participating in a 15-minute online survey, you can help OPH develop public policy options and guide future education activities aimed at encouraging healthy eating habits at a young age.
Where companies place products and displays; prizes and deals; team sponsorships; commercials and online ads; the use of mascots, fictional characters or celebrities to promote products — all these things have been shown to influence young people’s food choices and, ultimately, their health.
To complete the survey, visit capitalward.ca/ophsurvey. For more information on the effects of marketing unhealthy foods to children and youth, visit capitalward.ca/marketing.
Protecting our urban forest
I am pleased to report that City Council recently adopted a 20-year Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP). I wrote about this important project during the draft stage last year, and am doing so again because residents of Capital Ward have told us they believe protecting and expanding our urban forest is very important, and because I consider this an example of excellent public consultation and collaboration with stakeholders. That’s not always the case at City Hall.