[Hat tip to Eileen Mortimer for sending this along.]
Good Afternoon,Assuming the Keys Restaurant's milkshakes are average in their caloric and sugar punch, I'd expect each charitable shake to contain the calories of nearly two Big Macs and a literal half cup of sugar (for instance a medium Baskin-Robbins chocolate milkshake contains 930 calories and 24.5 teaspoons of sugar).
I would like to invite you to the Parkinson’s Shake Up! on June 26th at noon at KS on the Keys Restaurant located at 1029 Dazé Road.
For the entire month of July, KS on the Keys Restaurant will donate $4 from the purchase of every milkshake to Parkinson Society Eastern Ottawa to help provide programs and services in support of those living with Parkinson’s and those caring for them. To help kick off this month-long campaign; I will be handing out free milkshake samples next Thursday between noon and 1:00 p.m.
For every milkshake purchased, or $5 donation during the event, patrons will be entered into a draw to win a prize! Please stop by, enjoy a milkshake, and together we can help support members of the Ottawa community who are coping with this disease.
For more information please contact me at 613-580-2480 or email@example.com
Councillor, Gloucester-Southgate Ward
Somehow I doubt it.
I mean, accepting donations or funds raised by corporations whose very products contribute to the burden of disease in your hospital would be anathema to your responsibility as a hospital to promote public health and combat disease, wouldn't it?
But what if your hospital really, really needed the money?
Um, it's a tobacco company handing out free cigarettes and simultaneously asking for hospital donations.
Yeah, there's not too much debate there. It's not good, right?
So why do our hospitals, specifically our children's hospitals, regularly partner up with the purveyors of sugary treats to raise money in their names?
These photos, taken by an anonymous tipster from Toronto, show a recent Dairy Queen Guinness Book of World Records attempt at making the world's largest ice cream cake. Stamped right on the sign, "donations to Sick Kids Hospital will be accepted" in lieu of course of free ice cream cake.
And the same happens here in Ottawa where CHEO regularly partners up with Dairy Queen to raise funds.
I wonder what the HALO team at CHEO think about these partnerships - they're the folks who are busily researching means to try to help combat the rapid rise in childhood obesity in Canada.
Guessing they might think that children's hospitals probably shouldn't be in the brand polishing business for Dairy Queen.
That same tipster did some quick calculations.
Through it, Dairy Queen distributed 5,000lbs worth of calories, 4,276.8lbs of added sugars and 44.5lbs of trans fat all with the blessing (they used Sick Kids' logo - they had their explicit blessing) of the Hospital for Sick Children.
These partnerships have got to stop.
I know, I know, fast food's not going away, and children definitely still need to enjoy cake from time to time, but that doesn't mean it's ethical or responsible for hospitals to help in its sale or promotion.
Hospitals used to sell cigarettes too you know.
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I genuinely laughed out loud - multiple times - watching today's Funny Friday video, and with 3 young daughters of my own, there's always the remote chance I can recreate it one day were the circumstances in the video to take place in my home.
|Cartoon by Politico's Matt Wuerker|
Received an email the other day and reached out to the sender to ask if I could share. It's so frustrating that the institutions that are supposed to care about our kids the most (schools, coaches, camps, etc.) contradict their caring by being promoters and providers of junk. Sadder still that these sorts of occurrences are more often the norm than the exception:Love your blog & book, wanted to let you know the struggles of a frustrated mom of 2 boys, 10 & 11 in Ontario who is trying to teach her kids healthy eating and moderation. Are we perfect? Not even close but we try.
“the concession stand will be open if you child would like to purchase refreshments”Did I mention they are going at 9:00 am in the morning? Then another discussion about how you don’t NEED popcorn or pop in the morning. That’s OK mom he said because afterwards when we get back to school we are having a pizza party & everyone will be so full from the movies there will be more pizza for me. Then, like a broken record we repeated our discussion about moderation.
"Because I exercised"And even if somehow you personally don't reward your sweat with food, given there are advertising campaigns speaking to the phenomenon like the one up above, I'm pretty sure you're in the minority.
"Every walker and runner will be rewarded with a slice of pie, complete with your choice of whip cream and/or vanilla ice cream."Oh, and don't worry, if your child doesn't happen to like pie as,
"for those kids who do not like pie we will have delicious cupcakes and a topping bar for the ice cream."And if you think for a moment this run's an exception, you'd be very, very wrong as my quick Google image search proved.
If I had a dog you know I'd be trying out this Funny Friday the 13th's puppy to monster conversion kit.
Have a great weekend!
"I believe this is a technology that is going to curb if not eliminate the obesity epidemic"I guess he's never read any of Brian Wansink's work that suggests the doughnuts' "low-fat" label will likely contribute to obesity's rise, rather than help it's fall. Why? Because the label and the story provide a health-halo that the evidence would suggest will lead people to consume more calories from these purportedly "healthy" or at the very least, "healthier" doughnuts than if they just hit the full strength versions (something to which the store's out the door lineup to buy speaks directly).
"For the first 4 years, DSE participants were provided three 1-hour group meetings per year that discussed diet, physical activity, and social support, respectively . These sessions offered information but not specific behavioral strategies for adhering to the diet and physical activity recommendations. Years 5 to 8 provided one such session per year. Persons who desired more help with weight loss were referred to their PCPs, who were free to recommend whatever interventions they considered appropriate."It's quite heartening to see that after 8 years, for 35% of the DSE control group, 3 1-hour group talks a year were sufficient to help fuel a sustained weight loss of 5 percent or more of their presenting weight, and for 17% of them, enough to fuel and sustain a greater than 10 percent loss.
Posted by Yoni Freedhoff at 5:30 am
"Yes, back in those days we received orange slices and water! Now it's like a giant buffet".Manning Peterson for sending the Nesquik partnership ad my way]
"Years later they are paying attention to every calorie, spending an hour a day on exercise. They never don’t think about their weight."That does indeed sound rather severe, and she definitely writes about it with the spin of negativity.
Posted by Yoni Freedhoff at 7:50 am
"if your weight loss is less than anticipated an irritating robotic female voice berates you and throws insults your way."What sort of insults? Presumably insults like those seen in the accompanying screenshot calling the crying woman who has apparently gained 2.2lbs a "MEATBAG", and explaining her gain as gluttonous stating,
"I guess somebody has to eat all that food."While I can't say I'm surprised that the app exists given our world rife with weight hate, I am dismayed that it's being highlighted to physicians as a noteworthy app that makes for healthier and safer patients.
Norman Johnston Alternate Program's New SNACk team with Chef Cezin of Wawatay Catering