Ban the sale of energy drinks

Certain municipalities have chosen to begin by taking a simple but significant first step in the interest of young people’s health: ban the sale of energy drinks in municipal buildings.

On October 17, 2011, Amqui became the first town in Quebec to pass such a resolution. (The resolution was adopted unanimously!) Since then, this engagement has been copied by other Quebec municipalities, thus creating a movement that is gaining more and more momentum.

Municipalities that have passed such a resolution:

* This regional county municipality (RCM=MRC) represents the following cities : Albanel, Girardville, Notre-Dame-de-Lorette, Péribonka, Saint-Augustin-de-Dalmas, Saint-Edmond-les-Plaines, Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc, Saint-Eugène-d’Argentenay, Saint-Stanislas, Saint-Thomas-Didyme, Doldean-Mistassini, Normandin

Enshrinement in food policy

Some municipalities have prohibited the sale of energy drinks through a more comprehensive food policy.

  • In Gatineau, the food policy proposes banning sugar-sweetened beverages from sports facilities, municipal buildings, community centres, and cultural centres, in favour of water, milk, and unsweetened fruit juices.
  • In Granby, the Politique alimentaire pour faciliter les choix santé (Food policy to facilitate healthy choices) calls for the elimination of energy drinks from municipal sports facilities and parks and at public and sports events intended primarily for children.
A tool for municipalities

In order to simplify matters for municipalities that would like to ban the sale of energy drinks in their establishments, a model resolution has been made available to them. Each municipality can adapt it to its specific needs. To download the model resolution, click here.

Access to water fountains in public places

Making water fountains more accessible can be highly beneficial not only for thehealth and quality of life of the population, but also in terms of waste reduction,sensible resource management and the promotion of public water.

Besides being in sync with the spirit of the “Virage bleu” (Go blue) movement embraced by various institutions, this measure is also very popular, as evidenced by the fact that 96% of the population deems it important to have access to a water fountain in public places. However, nearly 50% of Quebecers find that sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) are easier to come by than a water fountain when they wish to quench their thirst.

Enabling healthy hydration

Though over-consumption of SSB is strongly associated with obesity, poor dental health, and several chronic diseases, our food environment tends to encourage the consumption of these beverages.

Facilitating access to water fountains makes it possible to offer citizens a genuine healthy, economical and eco-friendly hydration option. Increasing the number of water points in public places can be beneficial for municipalities as well. Indeed, such a measure can help reduce the use of single-use containers, such as water or SSB bottles, which ultimately end up in municipally managed community recycling depots or garbage dumps.

Saint-Basile-le-Grand

To mark World Water Day on March 22, 2015, the Quebec Public Health Association, the Weight Coalition and Eau Secours!, the Quebec coalition for responsible water management, developed a model resolution that can be adapted to the specific needs of any setting in order to facilitate access to water fountains in public places.

Saint-Basile-le-Grand in the Montérégie region undertook to launch the movement by being the first city to pass this resolution. It did so on April 7, 2015, by unanimous consent. The towns of Amqui and Boisbriand were quick to follow suit.

Longueuil

In order to promote water as the number one hydration choice at special events, the City of Longueuil has set up a system of mobile water fountains.

Plateau Mont-Royal

The Montreal borough of Plateau Mont-Royal has installed new devices that make it possible for citizens to drink from fire hydrants. Approved by the City of Montreal Water Department and Fire Safety Department, the Bornéo systems helps make drinking water more easily accessible, which can contribute to the healthy hydration and wellness of the population.

Municipalities that have passed such a resolution:

  • Amqui – April 6, 2015 (minutes – French only)
  • Boisbriand – April 7, 2015 (minutes – French only)
  • Joliette – May 4, 2015 (minutes – French only)
  • Rivière-à-Pierre – May 4, 2015 (minutes – French only)
  • Saint-Basile-le-Grand – April 7, 2015 (minutes – French only)
  • Saint-Eustache – May 11, 2015 (minutesresolution, French only)
A tool for municipalities

In order to simplify matters for municipalities that would like to facilitate access to water fountains in public places, a model resolution has been made available to them. Each municipality can adapt it to its specific needs. To download the model resolution, click here.

Allowing free play in the streets

Municipalities play a leading role in developing leisure, physical activity and sports on their territory.

Outdoor free play can be beneficial for the overall health and development of children. Unfortunately, it is practised less and less in the industrialized world. Yet, outdoor free play is much more than just spontaneous activity for having fun or passing the time:

  • Children who play outdoors are more active and are at lower risk of becoming overweight or obese.
  • Outdoor play develops decision making, risk assessment, problem solving, social interaction, creativity, and more.

This model resolution, and the legal notice supporting the process, will make it possible for children to play in residential streets and back alleys in complete safety in your municipaly or city.

Making your municipality more breastfeeding friendly

Valuing breastfeeding in buildings, parks and municipal facilities is a way for municipalities to contribute to the optimal development of young children and well-being of women, families and communities. By offering favorable and welcoming environments for breastfeeding, municipalities make the gesture to breastfeed easier to do, anywhere, anytime.

See our model resolution and adopt it!