Health Canada 2007-11
CANADA`S NEW GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES UPDATED
FOOD GUIDE TO HELP CANADIANS LIVE HEALTHIER
February 5, 2007
For immediate release
OTTAWA – Health Minister Tony Clement today launched the new 2007 version of
Canada’s Food Guide -- ―Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide‖ at the Real Canadian
Superstore in Orleans, Ontario. The Honourable Christian Paradis, MP for Mégantic—
L’Érable and Secretary of State (Agriculture), made a similar announcement at the IGA
Extra in Gatineau, Quebec.
―Canada’s Food Guide has been providing Canadians with straightforward tips
and messages on healthy eating for 65 years. Today, Canada’s New Government is
proud to launch our new Food Guide. It provides the best, most current information
available for eating well and living healthy,‖ said Minister Clement. ―One important new
feature of this Food Guide is that it now offers Canadians information on the amount and
types of food recommended for their age and gender.‖
―The Food Guide recommends a careful selection of foods balanced by physical
activity,‖ said Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer for Canada. ―By
increasing their levels of physical activity, improving eating habits and achieving healthy
weights, Canadians can help ensure good health and prevent many chronic diseases,
including some cancers, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke.‖
The new Food Guide was developed through widespread consultation with
approximately 7,000 stakeholders including dietitians, scientists, physicians and public
health personnel with an interest in health and chronic disease prevention.
―Canada’s Food Guide is an invaluable tool not only for Canadians but for all
dietitians working with Canadians to promote health,‖ said Marsha Sharp, Chief
Executive Officer of Dietitians of Canada.
For the first time, Canadians can find detailed information on the amount and
types of food recommended for their age and gender. The new Food Guide encourages
Canadians to focus on vegetables, fruit and whole grains, and to include milk, meat and
their alternatives, and to limit foods that are high in calories, fat, sugar and salt. Health
Canada is also now recommending a Vitamin D supplement for Canadians over the age
"Canada’s new Food Guide reinforces the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s
messages to Canadians about the importance of consuming vegetables and fruit, limiting
trans fats and combining a healthy diet with regular physical activity," said the
organization’s CEO, Sally Brown.
Given the growing concern about the rates of overweight and obesity among
Canadians, providing advice on the portion sizes and the quality of food choices was a
key consideration in the development of the food guide. The Food Guide also emphasizes
the importance of combining regular physical activity with healthy eating. ―The new
Food Guide is an important tool that, along with exercise, can help many Canadians
maintain a healthy body weight," said Dr. Arya M. Sharma, Scientific Director of the
Canadian Obesity Network.
Canadians now have a wealth of information available at their fingertips with an
enhanced, interactive Web component. ―My Food Guide‖ will help users personalize
Food Guide information according to their age, sex and food preferences, and will also
include more culturally relevant foods from a variety of ethnic cuisines. By this Spring,
Canadians will be able to print ―My Food Guide‖ in a number of different languages.
Health Canada is also developing a specially tailored Food Guide for First Nations, Inuit
and Metis people that will be released this Spring.
Canadians have relied on various versions of the Food Guide for nutrition advice
since it was first published during the Second World War. Since 1942, it has been
transformed many times -- adopting new names, new looks, and new messages -- but it
has never wavered from its original purpose of guiding food selection and promoting
nutritional health, using the best, most current information available.
For more information on Canada’s Food Guide, please visit Health Canada’s Web
site (http://www.healthcanada.gc.ca/foodguide). For a list of quotes on the Food Guide
and the importance of healthy eating, as well as details on how the Guide was revised, see
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