(Aurora ON, November 9, 2016) – According to Activate Aurora Chair, Ron Weese, the Town of Aurora should remove vending machines in town-owned facilities, and that providing these ‘sugar dispensers’ that target children is sending the wrong message to the community.
Presenting at the November 8 Aurora council meeting, Mr. Weese referenced the work accomplished at the recent Healthy Kids Community Challenge ‘Water Does Wonders’ workshop held in Aurora that confirmed that York Region elementary schools have eliminated similar vending machines because of the negative impact they have on children’s daily sugar consumption. He encouraged council to consider removing the vending machines from municipal facilities in order to send a healthy message regarding high-sugar content drinks.
“The recommended daily sugar intake for the average Canadian is 6 grams per day, but the actual average intake is now about 22 grams per day,” said Weese. “This is a serious health issue and one that is contributing to the epidemic of Type-2 diabetes and obesity we are seeing. Today I call on our town leaders to make a statement to help citizens make the right choices about hydration by removing all vending machines containing sugary beverages from our facilities. The health of our citizens should not be for sale.”
At the Sept 18th launch of Activate Aurora, Ron Weese proclaimed his intent to ask Town Council to remove vending machines that distributed high-sugar beverages. That pledge was fulfilled at the November 8 council meeting. Mr. Weese asked that Council consider not entering into further contracts with vending machine suppliers, that short-term, non-contractual agreements with providers be terminated and that any long-term contracts be allowed to run out without renewal. He also challenged town council to develop policy that would see all municipal buildings reflect healthy food and beverage choices for visitors to municipal facilities.
Activate Aurora is an Ontario Trillium Foundation funded project of Sport Aurora and is on a mission to make Aurora ‘Canada’s Most Active Community.’
The ability to use Physical Literacy Assessment of Youth (PLAY) tools to measure and monitor physical literacy;