You don’t have to look far to hear news reports about how we’re eating too much of the bad stuff, and not enough of the good stuff. The results are evident, as our health takes a hit. But in order to make good choices for our wellness – and our kids’ wellness – we need to know what we’re working with. We need to know which foods have hidden calories, fat, sugar and sodium. That’s why the Heart and Stroke Foundation has launched their new We Want It campaign.
Information is Power
Through We Want It, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is encouraging British Columbians to hold their favourite restaurants to account, and ask for nutrition information. When you’re perusing a menu, you often have no idea what’s actually in the food you’re ordering. If they listed nutrition information, you’d have a much clearer picture of what you’re eating. Gavin Arthur, Vice President of Research and Health Promotion at the Heart and Stroke Foundation, says, “Our goal is to show restaurant owners that nutrition information is vitally important to their customers. Everyone likes to indulge now and then, but we are encouraging restaurants to give people the information they need to make an informed choice.”
This isn’t about feeling guilty if you choose to eat a piece of cheesecake. Many of us find that our mental wellness is boosted by the occasional treat. This is simply about giving you the best possible information to work with, so that you can decide what you’re eating and what you’re feeding your kids.
We Want It for Wellness
If you’d like your favourite restaurant to list nutritional information, visit the We Want It website. Identify your restaurant and add your first name to the list. If this is really important to you, you can also include the reason you want the information to be made available. The Heart and Stroke Foundation will send the list to each restaurant identified, encouraging them to get on board.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, hearts are popping up everywhere. Why not take a few minutes to do something nice for yours, by ensuring that you can have all the facts when you’re deciding what to eat?
We Want It
Amber Strocel is a writer, aspiring math teacher, suburbanite, wife and mom of two. She believes in the power of the Internet to connect people, and she believes that numbers are the poetry of the universe. You can often find her knitting, sewing, volunteering, working in her garden, and sneaking chocolate when no one's looking. She blogs at Strocel.com and shares her photos on Instagram as @AmberStrocel.