May 12th, Canada Health Day

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This Sunday marks National Health Day here in Canada. The day marks the birthday of Florence Nightingale a remarkable woman whose contributions to public health will not be forgotten.

So why a National Health Day?

Canada Health Day has been sponsored by the Canadian Healthcare Association and the Canadian Public Health Association for over 30 years. The day is meant to highlight the importance of public health in the well-being of all Canadians.

It is also an opportunity to ask ourselves what we consider health to be.  Is health about regular visits to your family physician and eating healthy?

Sure it is, but it’s also much more than that. Health starts long before we get ill. Health starts where we live, learn, work and play.

It is this broad view of health that is recognized and encouraged by the 3M Health Leadership Award. The award celebrates leaders who are inspiring change in communities across Canada.

Whether you run an adult literacy program, organise a community garden, facilitate transportation for seniors, or advocate for the creation of outdoor play space in your community, you are improving the health and well-being of your community.

The 3M Health Leadership Award has recently announced the 2013 call for nominations. We invite you to view the award’s website to learn more about the factors that influence our health, and to learn more about the inspiring leaders that have been recognized by the award.

The call for nominations ends June 28th, 2013.

3M