How we can all help make Ontario the healthiest province in Canada by 2018

The Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance has launched a new campaign-  the OCDPA is calling on Ontario’s political parties to make Ontario the Healthiest Province in Canada by 2018.

How we can all help make Ontario the healthiest province in Canada by 2018

Health Nexus is an active member of the Alliance and supporter of this campaign.  We believe it is possible to prevent chronic disease using a health promotion approach that includes improved health policies and supports that address the determinants of health and health inequities as well as individual behaviours.

Please join us in calling on our political leaders to make a difference that will increase the quality of life of Ontarians, reduce health care spending and contribute to a stronger economy.

OCDPA is asking the political parties to:

Commit to accelerate and deepen health promotion efforts to achieve the following targets in these key factor areas by 2018:

  • More than 70 per cent of Ontarians are physically active.
  • More than 50 per cent of Ontarians eat fruit and vegetables more than 5 times per day.
  • Fewer than 30 per cent of Ontarians are either overweight or obese.
  • Fewer than 16 per cent of Ontarians do not exceed Canada’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines.
  • Fewer than 15 per cent of Ontarians report experiencing negative mental health symptoms.
  • Ontario to have the lowest smoking prevalence or smoking rate in Canada.

Embed a health impact filter across all government initiatives.

Focus on reducing health inequities.

How you can help:

There are many ways that as organizations and individuals can help support this worthwhile campaign.

  1. Learn more about the campaign, the issues and the facts
  2. Share it on blogs, social media and your website {HASHTAG #HealthiestProvince}  
  3. Connect with your local representatives
  4. Promote the press release or share the letter to the editor provided

Also challenge your local candidates to “go healthy”.  Check out the Heart and Stoke Foundation’s Healthy Candidates campaign.