National prescription drug coverage would provide access to necessary medications to those who cannot afford them. A national drug program, could also save billions of dollars in healthcare expenditure. A 2016 poverty Backgrounder explained that the inability to afford prescription medications poses three problems: increased acute care expenditure over time, tenfold non-adherence to prescribed regimens among those with low household incomes, and inequitable access to necessary drugs. In 2010, Gagnon reported that generic drugs are often referred to as ‘tried and true’, they are often well researched and frequently used. Generic drugs in Canada are more than double the median price in other OECD countries. The current multi-payer system for prescription drug coverage is highly inefficient. Maintaining the status quo would lead to higher expenditures by employers and employees on private insurance plans. Research shows that employers and employees pay steep premiums, which increase labor costs and reduce competition. There is a negative correlation between drug expenditure and research and development of drugs over a 15-year period in Canada. Using the same data, countries who spend 35% less on pharmaceuticals spend more on research and development.
I recently read an article titled, Sugar coating the truth about soft drink taxes, the article was written well. While reading the first few lines I thought that the writer was against soda taxes I soon found out he was for actions that help people make educated choices about their food. He speaks about soda taxes…
Have you signed the petition for putting added sugar on Canadian food labels? Do you know the difference between free sugar and added sugar?
What one Calgary based dietitian thinks about the latest nutrition trends and myths.
She wants you to drop the food fear, eat whole eggs and enjoy every bite of your food. IIFYM
The good: Can save 56-63 calories per meal by ‘sponging up’ oil. (Letting a maximum of 7ml of oil settle into the holes- if the holes are filled with spices it’ll pull off less) The bad: A plate probably isn’t going to change obesity in Thailand and it’s probably going to add to the pending…
I wanted to share a brief breakdown from my interviews and a few of my favorite quotes.
They told me:
Healthy people have favorite foods that aren’t vegetables. The people I interviewed enjoy bread, chocolate, alcohol, cookies, sugary breakfast cereals, and ice-cream.
Given the hypothetical opportunity to cook or dine with anyone in the world, most people would choose their family.
Many of the people I interviewed think that local crops should be subsidized instead of the current crops that are subsidized like corn. Others think that levies or taxes on sugar added foods or beverages could potentially be structured to reduce the cost of fruits and vegetables.
Almost everyone I spoke to mentioned that education, improving access to food or modifying the present agricultural system were likely routes to improving public health.
On school nutrition- I’m not sure teachers are being taught to teach these things so It’s hard to teach something you don’t know how to teach. It’s similar to cooking. How do we expect families to suddenly start cooking when they were brought up not cooking. If teachers aren’t given the tools they need to teach they’re not necessarily going to develop them on their own.
There is a role for food in comfort and celebration but not as a reward for children.
Celebrating the 100th day of school with a junk food party is not normal. Reading a book for twizzlers is not necessary.
We live on a continent where diet and weight related diseases
are really problematic both to individuals and countries. There are so many barriers to healthy eating related to the environment we live in that there are too many to list. He calls sodium a dietary red herring, an excellent marker for hyper-processed foods.
Health starts at healthy living.
Part of the fabric of humanity is food.
Parenting to us is living the life we want our kids to live.
When laws are passed and delayed for the benefit of the food industry it sends a strong message to the public. Is the government is inadequately responding to the health problems our population faces because corporate profit is more important?
I don’t think that labelling calories of food items will solve the health crisis we’re facing but … I do think that labelling calories can help consumers make better decisions about their food based on increased knowledge for the times that they do choose to eat out.
Past FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has said “Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume … Making calorie information available on chain restaurant menus and vending machines is an important step for public health that will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.”
Marion Nestle, Big food, food lobby and industry involvement in policy development.
I asked Ali for an interview because I knew that she had recently transitioned from one school to another, giving her a broad perspective of what kids are facing when it comes to healthy eating. She’s worked with recently immigrated children, which I think gives her an insight that we might not all have.
She hit a home run with these answers.
What barriers to healthy eating do you see children in schools face?
Some schools have access to food banks and free healthy meals but there are many that don’t have the access. There were students at a school I worked at recently who weren’t fed breakfast or given snacks for recess time. Then they would go home to eat [and have] very little at lunch which would affect their behavior and performance in school.
This school had a breakfast program but many parents were too proud to send the children to accept the food.
School nutrition programs are a crucial part of providing Canadian youth with adequate food. Presently, Canada is the only G8 country without a national school nutrition program.
Joël is a hard guy to forget, the only thing brighter than his smile or his personality is his fiery red hair. He’s the type of guy who enters a race last minute to support a friend and then sprints to be the first person to cross the finish line. He’s got three precious young…
Vanessa and I spoke about the accessibility of unhealthy foods and the perceived higher cost of unhealthy foods. The marketing of foods can influence what we purchase, Registered Dietitians in retail settings are there to help people choose the healthy foods.
Vanessa told me about trying to keep food and nutrition simple rather than overcomplicating it.
Vanessa gives me her educated opinion on what nutrition and healthy eating means to her as a Registered Dietitian in a retail setting.
When a woman like Edwena talks about nutrition you’re going to want to listen to what she has got to say. Her family inspires her to cook, she loves learning from her aunts and she believes that all foods fit in a healthy diet. She thinks foods are for nourishing and not for demonizing.
She’s of the opinion that people should make cooking a priority and the government should be taxing overly processed foods while subsidizing local fruits and vegetables.