Health Ministers' Conference: Healthy food on the table!

Dr. Trevor Hancock, professor and senior scholar at the University of Victoria’s school of public health and social policy is urging Health Ministers to consider the impact of making sure healthy food is available to kids whenever they need it.  He wrote the following for an article in the Victoria Times Colonist:

"The National Coalition for Healthy School Food, which includes the Heart and Stroke Foundation and several indigenous health organizations, among others, notes: “One-third of students in elementary schools and two-thirds of students in secondary schools do not eat a nutritious breakfast before school, leaving them at risk for learning, behavioural and health challenges at school.” This also reduces their likelihood of graduating and harms their future job prospects and income potential. The coalition is calling on the federal government to invest $1 billion over five years “in a cost-shared universal healthy school food program that will enable all students in Canada to have access to healthy meals at school every day.”

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