Levels of obesity among young Canadian children have nearly tripled over the last 25 years. Providing healthier options and reducing trans fat will help improve the health of young people.
On September 1, 2008 the Healthy Food for Healthy Schools Act and Trans Fat Regulation came into effect. The regulation requires schools to drop trans fat from food and beverages sold on their premises. This includes some baked goods, packaged snack food and deep fried food among others.
This is part of a broader effort to develop healthier learning environments and improve student achievement since research has shown that children who eat a healthy diet are more ready to learn and more likely to be successful in school.