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Health Check is one way the Heart and Stroke Foundation helps Canadians make healthy choices. The Foundation created Health Check to provide education and guidance to Canadians on how to eat healthier. The Health Check logo on a grocery product or restaurant menu item means it has met the nutrient criteria developed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s registered dietitians based on recommendations in Canada’s Food Guide.
Companies must earn the right to use the Health Check symbol.
Health Check is a voluntary program, open to any company or restaurant chain.
Food companies, grocery retailers and restaurants must earn the Health Check symbol by submitting products or menu items which are then evaluated by the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s registered dietitians. Only when products or menu items meet the nutrient criteria can they display the Health Check logo.
Companies must pay an annual licensing fee to help cover program costs and agree to the programs guidelines. Products and menu items are randomly evaluated by an independent lab on a regular basis to ensure they continue to comply with the nutrient criteria. Products that cannot meet the program’s nutrient criteria must leave the program.
In many cases, companies reformulate their products or menu items or introduce new healthier options to meet with Health Check’s nutrient criteria.
What is the cost?
To help run the not-for-profit Health Check program and to develop tools to educate consumers on healthy eating, participating companies pay a modest annual licensing fee. This fee is paid only after the food item is evaluated to ensure it meets the required nutrient criteria.
The fees are established to allow both small and larger companies in the program. Many companies pay as little as $300 annually per item to participate in the program.
Health Check is run on a cost-recovery basis and is not a fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
For more information see the Health Check fee structure.