Sudbury News: Doctor frustrated with food offers at Science North restaurant

Dr. Julie Connolly has been a family physician in Sudbury for two decades. Like many doctors, she feels exhausted, especially when it comes to trying to promote a healthy lifestyle to her patients.

Connolly said seeing fries and burgers on the Science North menu was frustrating.

“I spend my days trying to get (the healthy eating message) one-on-one to patient after patient and the visits end with a prescription for…high blood pressure medication for diabetes and I’m sick of it,” she says.

The science center should be a “beacon” of healthy living, she said.

“Instead, we normalize fries and donuts.”

Connolly says she knows this isn’t just a problem at Science North, but wonders why the science center menu isn’t based on Canada’s Food Guide.

On top of that, she said there’s the issue of plastic water and soda bottles that contribute to a lot of waste a day.

In response, Science North Acting CEO Jennifer Booth sent CTV News a statement saying changes would be made to the restaurant over the next few years.

“This renewal project focuses on reviewing our food options, planning for environmental sustainability, updating our restaurant design and optimizing the overall guest experience,” Booth said.

“Earlier this year, we launched a community survey that will help us with our restaurant model and rethink what a new dining experience at Science North might look like.

The investigation is to be found here.

But Connolly said the survey isn’t research, it’s marketing.

“I shouldn’t need to carry the weight on my shoulders in exam hall after exam hall to tell people what should be a very, very widely publicized message,” she said. .

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