Thursday, November 03, 2011

The Heart and Stroke Foundation Thinks Ordering in Pizza is Healthy?


The Heart and Stroke Foundation, a Foundation whose reported mission is to,

"lead in eliminating heart disease and stroke and reducing their impact through: The advancement of research and its application; the promotion of healthy living and advocacy"
has just given it's Health Check seal of approval to pizzas over at PizzaPizza, a national Canadian fast food pizza chain.

In so doing the Heart and Stroke Foundation is continuing its mission to further normalize restaurant meals and also continuing to ignore research that shows Health Halo'ing at restaurants leads to increased consumption, and that simply having Health Check'ed items on the menu, might lead to people ordering less healthy choices due to "vicarious goal fulfillment".

The fact remains, responsible health organizations should be encouraging people to eat out less frequently. Given people are likely to eat more than a Health Check approved serving (2 slices from a medium, but you can't just order the 2 slices, you've got to order the whole medium), that they may well order sugared sodas or appetizers, that less health aware family members may not like the Health Check'ed options, that they'll be forgoing the opportunity to cook a more healthful meal at home, all the Heart and Stroke Foundation is doing with its abhorrent restaurant program is discourage home cooking and put a veil of health on an incredibly unhealthy behaviour.

How many slices of a medium pizza do you generally eat at a sitting, and do you think encouraging and enabling meals out is a good plan?

Way to promote "healthy living" and "apply research".

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  1. In a similar vein, I was astounded to learn last night at my children's parent teacher meeting, that Boston Pizza makes the grade for the Ontario Ministry of Education's nutrition rules.

    A discussion ensued about how nice it is for students to be offered pizza for their hot lunch fundraisers. The parents leading the discussion appeared to be oblivious to the fact that pizza is no longer a treat in our society.

    They certainly were more concerned with ensuring their offerings stayed within the Ministry's rules, than whether the food provides the children with nutritious and wholesome food.

  2. I stopped ordering the pizza lunch at my son's school long ago. His school now offers pita lunches as an alternative in addition to offering the pizza. I refrain from ordering any "lunches" as a treat but rather look for creative ways to include his favourite "healthy" lunches - not always easy AND he is a"meatatarian" despite my best efforts to encourage and promote veggies (he tries but can't get past the taste/texture). I love this blog...thanks for dispelling the myths and promoting healthy living.

  3. Mitzi9:13 am

    My husband and I generally split a small pizza (the one designed for one person) once a week from a local shop. Three small pieces each. The veggie supreme has red onions, green and black olives, spinach, broccoli, bell peppers, mushrooms, and halved cherry tomatoes piled on it. My husband gets extra jalapenos on his half. It has just enough cheese to hold things down, and a crust almost as thin as a paper plate. The sauce is good, but not glopped on. Works for our "cheat night".

  4. Sherry9:31 am

    We do homemade pizza at my house, where almost everything in and on it was made by me: homemade whole-wheat crust, homemade sodium-free tomato sauce, meat and veggies from the local market and my garden, and a touch of cheese. It tastes great, you can easily control the portions (just make a smaller pizza if you don't want to overeat), and there are no worries regarding "hidden" calories or allergies.

  5. Hilary2:58 pm

    Health Check always does a great job at sucking!

  6. Anonymous2:59 pm

    All of them? Probably 1/2 pizza if sharing with my sister, a full on my own, 1/4 if sharing with the family, 1 slice if sharing with a group while gaming...

    Pizza's a weird food, however much you eat of it seems the 'right' amount, no matter if it's much too much.

  7. Not at all surprised. Home made pizza is so much better, and you can pile the veggies and homemade sauce on it to your heart's content for much less.