The world isn’t connected by the internet alone. It’s the promises of our leaders helping to sculpt a better future that keeps everyone united, encouraged and functional. During the 69th session of the World Health Assembly in May, some serious promises were made by different countries to help make the world a better place.
Health ministers from around the world were asked to create Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound (SMART) goals for the assembly, and their commitments were life-changing to say the least. With Jamie Oliver speaking on the discussion panel, health ministers all over the world pledged their commitment to improving child nutrition in a sustainable way. The Canadian Minister of Health, Jane Philpott, set big goals for Canada at the Assembly too.
“With the leadership of my prime minister who is giving me a mandate to introduce a number of SMART measures, we are going to restrict the commercial marketing of unhealthy food and beverages to children,” she said. “We are going to eliminate industrial processed trans-fat and reduce salt in processed food. We are going to improve food labels, improve food literacy. We are going to continue to experiment with incentive and reward programs. And we are going to continue to find ways where the most remote parts of Canada can access nutritious food too through our Nutrition North Program.”
We’re proud to be Canadian, we’re proud to have free health care and we’re proud to have a health minister who envisions drastic changes to improve our country. Whether our children are malnourished from eating too much unhealthy food or from not having enough access to food, Oliver and Philpott are ready to do everything in their power to help.
Philpott goes on to say that “the extremes of malnutrition are outrageous but they are solvable so we must work together, we must learn from one another. I join you in that challenge.”
So with Philpott Oliver teaming up to improve childrens’ health, we have a lot to look forward to.