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December 28, 2005
Do you believe in magic? Healthy choices better than fad diets
The dieting industry counts on people’s belief by promising its “magic” can transform your body and your life - within days! Research shows most people who diet are unsuccessful, but that doesn’t stop many from hoping the latest diet fad will be the one that works.

Toronto Public Health is launching Healthy Measures -- Healthy Choices of Life! -- a program for people who are ready to forget about “magic” and work on making healthy choices for life. Healthy Choices for Life! is a series of four free workshops lead by a Registered Dietitian. Participants will learn how to tune into their hunger needs and appetite wants, plan healthy meals and snacks, figure out ways to include physical activity into everyday life and reinforce the belief that healthy bodies come in different shapes and sizes.

Councillor John Filion, Chair of the Board of Health who successfully converted his way of thinking, is a strong advocate for the Healthy Choices for Life! series. “This program teaches residents how to make healthy lifestyle changes at a critical time after the holidays when they might otherwise be tempted to try quick fixes and unhealthy dieting practices,” he said.

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, has also been successful in making physical activity and healthy eating changes. “Small behaviour changes do make a difference and because they are not extreme, they can be sustained, and in the long run reduce the risk of chronic disease.”

Anyone interested in registering for the Healthy Choices for Life! series or learning more about the Healthy Measures approach and obtaining a free information package, can call Toronto Health Connection at 416-338-7600 or visit our website at

Media contact:
Gil Hardy
Toronto Public Health



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