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Promoting safe and nutritious food selection, preparation and storage practices.

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"News in Brief" for November 27, 2014

Half-million cancers worldwide linked to obesity
CBC News

Excess body weight caused about 481,000 new cancer cases in 2012, according to a new study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization. That works out to about 3.6 per cent of all cancers worldwide, the majority of which occur in North America and Europe, according to the study published in the medical journal Lancet Oncology on Wednesday.

New U.S. rules to put calorie counts on menus, movie popcorn and more
CTV News

Consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theatre. The Food and Drug Administration announced long-delayed calorie labeling rules Tuesday, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus, menu boards and displays. Companies will have until November 2015 to comply.

Parents, beware of homemade infant formulas: Health Canada, doctors
Global News

Health Canada, the Dietitians of Canada and the Canadian Paediatric Society are warning parents about the dangers of homemade infant formulas. While recipes for homemade baby formula are widely available online, the health officials say these mixtures could be harmful to your baby, potentially leading to malnutrition and even sickness.

Homemade infant formulas dangerous, doctors warn
The Globe

In an advisory released on Wednesday, Health Canada, the Canadian Paediatric Society and Dietitians of Canada caution that homemade formulas have been linked to malnourishment and fatal illnesses in infants. No cases have been reported in Canada. Nevertheless, health professionals expressed concern that DIY infant formula may be a growing trend.

Government of Canada partners with Royal Bank of Canada and ParticipACTION to help deliver RBC Learn to Play project
PHAC Newsroom

The main goal of the RBC Learn to Play Project is to help organizations incorporate "physical literacy" skills, or basic movement training into their sport and recreation programs. The Project focuses on teaching kids the basics of being active while also supporting programs that give them the chance to put these skills into practice so they can feel confident and knowledgeable enough to participate in sport and to make physical activity a part of their daily lives.