Canada Publishes Dietary Guidelines Resource
On May 3, Canada published a new food guide resource, “Applying Canada’s Dietary Guidelines,” which provides information to help support the implementation of the food guide in policies and programs across the country. The guide builds on Canada’s Dietary Guidelines and is intended to assist health professionals and policy makers when (1) providing advice about how to better align policy with the recommendations in the guidelines, (2)developing policies or programs that help support nutrition adequacy, and (3) applying the guidelines to different life stages.
Sections in “Applying Canada’s Dietary Guidelines” include: Advice on vitamin and mineral supplementation; selecting nutritious foods with little to no added sodium and saturated fat, and little to no free sugars; examples of nutritious foods that provide iron, calcium, or that contain mostly unsaturated fat; and evidence base for applying the guidelines.
Health Canada will host webinars on “Applying Canada’s Dietary Guidelines” for health professionals and policy makers. The presentation will include examples of how to use Applying the Guidelines to facilitate implementation of Canada’s Dietary Guidelines and will also provide an opportunity for questions. Dates and times of the webinars will be shared in the coming weeks.