More than 30 groups unite in $15.5M ef­fort to pre­vent chronic dis­ease

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OTTAWA (CP) — More than 30 or­ga­ni­za­tions from across Canada are form­ing part­ner­ships in a $15.5mil­lion se­ries of ini­tia­tives de­signed to pre­vent chronic dis­ease.

The seven col­lab­o­ra­tive coali­tions are to ad­dress such is­sues as child­hood obe­sity, screen­ing for chronic dis­ease by fam­ily doc­tors, and the unique needs of First Na­tions com­mu­ni­ties.

About two-thirds of deaths in Canada are due to chronic dis­eases, many of which — like heart dis­ease and many can­cers — can be pre­vented through health­ier lifestyles and health­ier com­mu­ni­ties.

Groups fund­ing the ini­tia­tive in­clude the Cana­dian Part­ner­ship Against Can­cer, the Pub­lic Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion.

Par­tic­i­pants aim to re­search and pro­mote how as­pects of healthy liv­ing such as healthy body weight, non-smok­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship can re­duce the risk of chronic dis­ease like can­cer, di­a­betes, lung dis­ease and heart dis­ease.

The coali­tions will in­cor­po­rate sci­en­tific, prac­tice and pol­icy ex­per­tise as they build on chronic dis­ease preven­tion ef­forts al­ready un­der­way in many prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries. The funded pro­grams in­clude: — Tackling child­hood obe­sity by lim­it­ing the ac­ces­si­bil­ity and ap­peal of un­healthy food choices.

— Work­ing with First Na­tions com­mu­ni­ties in two prov­inces to de­velop chronic-dis­ease preven­tion train­ing pro­grams for com­mu­nity- based health work­ers.

— Har­ness­ing elec­tronic med­i­cal record sys­tems and ev­i­dence­based ap­proaches to in­crease preven­tion and screen­ing for heart dis­ease, di­a­betes and can­cer in par­tic­i­pat­ing fam­ily doc­tors’ offices.

The fund­ing is the re­sult of an open call for pro­pos­als is­sued last June by the Cana­dian Part­ner­ship Against Can­cer.

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