September 2022

Dr. Warshawski comments on CTV News regarding the new sugary drink tax in Newfoundland and Labrador.

April 2022

Media Release: BC School Food Guidelines support healthy food environments (April 11, 2022)

July 2021

Opinion- Help our post-pandemic health by ending food marketing to children – by Chantal Peticlerc and Dr. Tom Warshawski, contributors, Toronto Star.

June 2021

Dr. Warshawski, Chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation, is interviewed on CBC Radio’s Maritime Connection with Preston Mulligan regarding Newfoundland and Labrador’s proposed tax on sugary drinks.

December 2020

Dr. Warshawski, Chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation, is interviewed for an article by Postmedia’s regarding childhood obesity.

October 2020

An op-ed from Dr. Tom Warshawski and Manuel Arango, co-chairs of the Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition, on the need for the government to finish commitments to marketing to kids restrictions and front-of-package nutrition labelling was published in the Toronto Star. Please see the op-ed in the Toronto Star. A French version appeared in HuffPost Quebec

February 2020

Dr. Warshawski, Chair of the Childhood Obesity Foundation, speaks with BC media regarding the Government of BC’s move to eliminate the exemption of the provincial sales tax on sweetened, carbonated beverages:

CBC News  Why BC is now taxing sugary drinks

Tri-City News BC’s soda drink tax will help kids lose weight, impove health says doctor

Press Release: Making sugary drinks pay their way – Government of British Columbia takes a step forward for health

January 2020

Dr. Warshawski is interviewed by local media throughout BC regarding the Generation Health program, including:

Tri-City News Eat right, get active – and do it as a family with Coquitlam program

Goldstream Gazette  Free 10-week health program for families comes to West Shore Parks and Rec

Dr. Warshawski speaks with CKNW radio regarding the Generation Health program.

October 2019

CBC Radio’s Cost of Living deconstructs the rise and fall of Bill S-228, a bill to restrict the marketing of foods and beverages high in sugar, salt and saturated fat to children 12 and under. Dr Warshawski is interviewed. Listen here.

Dr. Warshawski is interviewed on CBC’s The Current regarding childhood obesity in Canada.

June 2019

Dr. Warshawski speaks to Global News regarding Bill S-228. Bill banning junk food ads to kids may die in the Senate. 

Dr. Warshawski speaks on Ontario Morning at CBC Radio regarding the coalition of Canadian doctors calling on senators to pass Bill S-228

May 2019

CBC News: Dr. Warshawski speaks with Kelly Crowe regarding Bill S-228, Eleventh-hour lobbying by industry could kill law banning food marketing to kids

April 2019

The Province: Dr. Tom Warshawski and Yves Savoie: How senators can stop the marketing of junk food to kids

January 2019

Press Release: Canada’s new Food Guide will bolster efforts to curb Canada’s Childhood Obesity Epidemic. January 24, 2019.

Dr. Warshawski speaks with CBC News Radio-Canada about the proposed sugary drink tax in the Northwest Territories: Should the NWT tax sweetened drinks?

December 2018

Press Release: Our children’s health must not be for sale. December 3, 2018, CNW.

Dr. Warshawski speaks with Jody Vance regarding Bill S-228 on CKNW

November 2018

Childhood Obesity Foundation applauds recommendation to apply PST to Sugary Drinks

August 2018

Dr. Warshawski spoke with Shen Wenjie at Sing Tao Daily about Canadian children’s physical activity.

June 2018

Dr. Tom Warshawski discusses the PST exemption on sugary drinks in BC, “Health expert holds out hope for B.C. tax on sugary drinks“.

MSP Task Force recommends a tax on sugary drinks, Global News BC

Dr. Warshawski speaks with CBC Radio regarding taxing sugary drinks

April 2018

The Star addresses a new study that states “Dads need to play a greater role in preventing childhood obesity.” Dr Tom Warshawski comments.

Dr. Tom Warshawski is quoted in Global News.

March 2018

Dr. Warshawski speaks with CBC News Radio, “What’s the best way to tackle Canada’s weight problem?

November 2017

Dr. Tom Warshawski and Rita Koutsodimos (BC Alliance for Healthy Living) dispel the recent Canadian Taxpayers Federation report that addresses sugary drink taxation while speaking with Prince George Now.

June 1, 2017

Dr. Warshawski and Mary Lewis are featured in The Globe and Mail and speak about protecting our kids from junk-food ads.  Click here to read more.

April 21, 2017

LiGHT, Living Green and Healthy for Teens – Announced today by Minister Jane Philpott.  Childhood Obesity Foundation funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada in partnership with Ayogo Health Inc., Merck Canada and Heart and Stroke, proud to develop a mobile program for youth and their families.  See the Government of Canada’s media release.

March 2017

Media Release

Will a sugary drinks levy benefit Canadians? New research says yes.

Research indicates over the next 25 years a levy would save thousands of lives and contribute to $11.5 billion in health care savings

March 16, 2017 (Toronto, ON) – New research by the University of Waterloo commissioned by leading health organizations reveals an excise levy on companies that produce sugary drinks would go far in reducing death, disability, and health care costs. This adds to the growing body of international evidence that supports the health and economic benefits of a sugary drink levy.

Click to read the Full Report

See other media regarding the report:

Coast Reporter | How marketing harms our kids 
March 23, 2017
Georgia Straight | A tax all Canadians should swallow
March 20, 2017
Martyn Brown, 
Global News | Not so Happy Meals: McDonald’s faces class action lawsuit in Quebec
March 13, 2017
Earlier this month, Corrinne Voyer with Coalition Poids in Quebec, shared news about a class action lawsuit involving McDonald’s. Please see the news highlight posted to the M2K Website highlighting this story:
The Globe & Mail | Will Bill Morneau save 13,000 lives with a levy on sugary drinks?
Jamie Oliver
March 18, 2017
Globe and Mail
Dr. Heather McKay’s study is featured in the Globe and Mail that has found teens who have a “couch potato” lifestyle risk having permanent negative effects on their bone health.
March 24, 2017

January 2017

MEND is featured in The Province.  Read more about how MEND promotes fun, physical play while encouraging them to think about all the small choices that can lead to good health, here.

October 2016

Dr Warshawski speaks with Simi Sara on CKNW regarding the World Health Orginization’s recommendation to tax sugary drinks.  Listen here:


Celebrity chef and health experts stir up excitement around childhood nutrition  

Jamie Oliver and Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition identify areas for immediate action

Toronto – October 7, 2016 – British chef/author Jamie Oliver and members of the Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition and other experts discussed the need for an action plan to overhaul the nutrition landscape in Canada. Acknowledging that there is no “magic bullet” to improve unhealthy diets the panel identified a range of solutions to support Canadian families to make healthy choices. Strategies include restricting food and beverage marketing to kids, implementing a levy on sugary beverages to fund healthy living initiatives, improved nutrition labeling, ensuring healthy choices in schools and other settings, investing in Indigenous food programs, and better food education.

Jamie Oliver spoke about the enormity of the food business globally and the urgent need for action around childhood nutrition and obesity. He acknowledged Health Minister Jane Philpott’s clear mandate on restricting marketing to kids and expressed his hope that Canada would seize the opportunity to be a global leader around nutrition policy and action. He pointed out that Canada is on the brink of something huge and urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to implement a plan that “can’t be good, it has to be fantastic.”

Panel members included Geoff Craig, Chief Marketing Officer, Heart and Stroke Foundation; Dr. Jan Hux, Chief Science Officer, Canadian Diabetes Association; Dr. Tom Warshawski, Chair, Childhood Obesity Foundation, Senator Nancy Greene Raine; and Nathan Sing, youth advocate. The session was moderated by Nick Saul, President and CEO, Community Food Centres Canada.


“It is about healthy habits for everyone. Family meals are important, learning how to cook your own meals and cooking that food together. Making sure you get your fruits and vegetables and physical activity, cutting out sugary drinks, and decreasing screen time – which is so important for marketing to kids.”

“This problem has come on so slowly that we don’t realize the health risks attributable to unhealthy diets are the same as with tobacco. We need the exact same strategies – we need regulation.”

-Tom Warshawski, Chair, Childhood Obesity Foundation

“We know that over 90 per cent of food decisions in the household are driven by children. The “nag factor” does not come out of nowhere – it is driven by marketing messages. It is not a fair fight for parents. Winning the battle for harmony often means losing the battle for health.”

“Industry self-regulation is a failure. The standards are lax, participation is voluntary and there is more advertising and marketing targeted to children than ever before.”

-Geoff Craig, Chief Marketing Officer, Heart and Stroke Foundation

“What has changed our choices is our environment. We live in an environment where we are surrounded by low cost, nutrient poor, processed foods and sugary drinks. We are surrounded by the wrong kind of information, we are surrounded by advertising but we don’t get good food information.”

-Jan Hux, Chief Science Officer, Canadian Diabetes Association

View the panel discussion on the Heart and Stroke Foundation Facebook page at¬if_t=live_video¬if_id=1475766477657227

For more information about the coalition visit including a list of partners and endorsers visit

September 2016

Health coalition gives proposed legislation to protect children a gold star

Senator tables public bill to prohibit food and beverage marketing to kids

Ottawa – September 28, 2016 – The Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition applauds Senator Nancy Greene Raine for introducing legislation prohibiting food and beverage marketing to children.  Click here to review the entire press release.

For more information about the coalition including the Ottawa Principles, visit


August 2016

Read about tips to promote healthy weights for children and families in Dr. Warshawski’s interview with CBC News, here.

Listen to Dr. Warshawski speak with Larry Fedoruk from 610 News Talk in St. Catharines, Ontario about the role parents and primary care physicians can play to promote healthy weights:

Dr. Warshawski speaks with Cherly Chan at the Vancouver Sun about what parents can do to help support and promote healthy weights in their children.  Click here to read.

Dr. Warshawski also speaks with CBC News Radio about healthy weights in families.  Listen here:

Listen to Dr. Warshawski and Mike Smyth on CKNW talk about a tax on sugary drinks in Canada.

Mark Collison, Director, Government Relations & Health Promotion, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Dr. Tom Warshawski interview with Metro News.  Mark and Tom talk about the Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition and food and beverage advertising to children.  Click here to read the story.

July 2016

Read Tom’s interview with The National Post, Wednesday July 19th, here.  Tom speaks with journalist, Michelle Hauser, about healthy weights, active living for the whole family, sugary drinks and marketing to kids.

March 2016

On March 29th, the Province of BC announced an additional $2 million dollars of funding for the MEND program.

To read the BC Government News Press Release, please click here.

Click here to read about the MEND announcement from CFJC Today, Everything Kamloops!

Click here to read about this announcement in Kelowna Now.

On March 1st, 2016, the Senate Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology released their comprehensive report titled: Obesity in Canada: A Whole-of-Society Approach for a Healthier Canada.  The Senate made 21 recommendations for addressing obesity amongst Canadians; two of these recommendations are the taxation of sugar sweetened beverages and restricting the marketing of food and beverages that target children, youth and teens.  

Restricting food and beverage marketing to kids will provide the protection our children deserve, and will support parents to make healthy choices for their families. This aligns with recommendations put forward by the recently launched national Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition, co-led by the Childhood Obesity Foundation and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Children are exposed to unprecedented levels of unhealthy marketing in their entertainment, online and recreational activities.

February 2016

To read the Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition Press Release, February 24, 2016, click here.

Listen to Dr. Warshawski chat about the added sugars in beverages and a ban on marketing to kids with Mike Smith on CKNW, February 18, 2016.  Do You Know How Much Sugar Is In Your Starbucks Drink?

January 2016

The BC Government announces funds for the expansion of Shapedown.  Click here to read the press release.

Shapedown BC helps families’ health.  Listen to the interview on CBC, The Early Edition:

November 2015

Dr. Warshawski comments on the Select Standing Committee on Finance’s recommendation that a tax on sugary drinks is considered in BC.  Click here to read the interview at CKNW.

Listen to Dr. Warshawski speaks with Ian Holmes and Island Radio in Nanaimo by clicking here:

Dr. Warshawski is quoted in a recent article in The Province regarding the recommendation for a possible sugary drink tax.  Click here to read the article.

September 2015

Dr. Chanoine talks about healthy kids and healthy lunches while he addresses a news release by BC Children’s Hospital.  To view the news release, please click here.  To read Dr. Chanoine’s interview with Simon Druker on News 1130, please click here.

The MEND Program is highlighted in VanCity Buzz this month.  Click here to read about MEND and how tot stay healthy and active this fall as kids head back to school.

Check out this blog post about MEND programs in Vancouver by British Columbia Mom by clicking here.

June 2015

To view our latest M2K webinars, click here.

March 2015

Dr. Warshawski speaks with Andrew Chang on CBC News Vancouver at 5:00 March 30, 2015.

Click below to listen to this short audio clip from CKNW featuring Dr. Warshawski speaking about the 5-2-1-0 Rule:

February 2015

Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos, MD, FRCPC from the Endocrinology and Diabetes Unit at BC Children”s Hospital talk about sugary foods, salt, sedentary behaviours and how this impacts young children.  Click here to listen.
Dr. Tom Warshawski speaks with Sam from CKNW on Family Day in the series titled “Your Health First”, Preventable Healthcare.  Click here to listen.

Dr. Warshawski talks about healthy eating and physical activity in children.  This interview discusses the use of BMI as a means for determining healthy weights, the 5210 rule and what moderate to vigorous physical activity is.  Click here to listen.

September 2014

MEND helps Chilliwack children and families lead healthier lives!  The Chilliwack Division of Family Practice is pleased to support MEND and the Chilliwack Family YMCA.  Click here to read about MEND in the Chilliwack and learn about how to register in the program.
Cooler weather shouldn’t mean less physical activity.  Follow the link to read Dr. Tom Warshawski”s comments about MEND and Shapedown opportunities in Prince George, published here, in the Prince George Citizen.

Click here to read about the MEND program in the Peninsula News Review.  MEND is available through Saanich Parks and Recreation at Colquitz Middle School.  In this article, Dr. Tom Warshawski talks about our changing environment and how it is important to be active, avoid sugary drinks and eat healthy starting at an early age.

May 2014

Dr. Tom Warshawski discusses childhood obesity on the  Bill Good Show on CKNW.  Listen to the clip here

March 2014

We are pleased to share this report on our progress with the Childhood Healthy Weights Intervention Initiative.  Click here for Our Journey, March 2014.

MEND in Nanaimo

Dr. Tom Warshawski discusses childhood obesity in Newfoundland and Labrador on VOCM radio.  Listen to the clip here

Dr. Tom Warshawski discusses childhood obesity on CFAX radio”s ”Weekend Wellness”.  Listen to the clip here

February 2014

Dr. Tom Warshawski was interviewed for an article discussing the federal government’s responsibility to set sugar limits.  Read it here

January 2014

Click here to read an article featuring MEND in Victoria News

December 2013

Click here to listen to Dr. Tom Warshawski discuss soda taxes with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation

November 2013

Click here to read the joint press release issued by the Childhood Obesity Foundation, BC Recreation and Parks Association and YMCA of Greater Vancouver regarding the MEND program.
Click here to listen to Dr. Warshawski discuss the MEND program

Click here to read an article featuring MEND in the Nanaimo News Bulletin

Click here to read an article featuring MEND in the Campbell River Mirror

Click here to read an article written by Dr. Warshawski featuring MEND in the Prince George Citizen

October 2013

Click here to listen to Dr. Warshawski”s interview on the Bill Good Show regarding the role of schools in relation to childhood obesity

August 2013

Click here to listen to Dr. Warshawski”s interview on CKNW AM regarding ”Fat Letters” – letters schools send to parents of obese children

June 2013

Click here to listen to Dr. Warshawski”s interview with Simi Sara on CKNW regarding the American Medical Association labelling obesity as a ”disease”

April 2013

Read articles published in The Vancouver Sun and on the Global News website regarding the ”Childhood Healthy Weights Intervention” initiative
Listen to Dr. Warshawski”s interview on CFAX here

February 2013

Listen to Dr. Warshawski interviewed on CBC”s ”The Current” regarding the book “The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet” here

September 2012

Last September, the Screen Smart Program was featured on Global BC.  Click here to visit the Screen Smart Program website

“Happy teachers and fewer students in BC schools this year”.  Read the article published in The Globe and Mail here

“Family Fitness: Why it”s never too soon for kids to start training”.  Read the article here

August 2012

“Road to Olympic Glory should start with physically active children”.  Read the article published in The Globe and Mail here

October 2011

Coming in 2012 from the Childhood Obesity Foundation: The Living Green Healthy and Thrifty (LiGHT) program: LiGHT. This online learning program for youth ages 10-17 and their families can help youth reduce excess body weight by:
*         Adopting a healthier lifestyle

*         Living more sustainably

*         Saving unnecessary personal expenses

This project is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed in the LiGHT program do not necessarily represent the views of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Summer 2011

Check out CBC Live Right Now, a movement to inspire Canada to get healthy. Click here to visit the Live Right Now website.

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