When B.C’s health minister sits down he wants to know how many calories he is eating, and so does a large portion of the public he claims.
Waterloo professor David Hammond says “existing research suggests that more and more of our calorie consumption is coming from food eaten outside the home and the nutritional quality of these foods is typically low: higher in fat, salt and calories. We also know that very few people have any idea about the calorie content of what they are eating; some studies have shown that even dietitians can't accurately predict what is in their food."
Banning smoking in front of buildings isn’t just a tactic to avoid second hand smoke. It encourages people to quit as well. Research from the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo suggests that the 2008 bylaw may have helped up to one third of smokers cut back on cigarette consumption.
Current national estimates of smoking, and alcohol and illicit drug use among youth underestimate the prevalence of these behaviours among Aboriginal youth living off-reserve. Research by Waterloo’s Propel Centre for Population Health Impact highlights the need for culturally appropriate prevention and cessation policies and programs for this at-risk population.