Hike funding

Government of Canada funding to improve healthy lifestyles for priority populations in Hamilton

Addressing common risk factors for chronic disease will help improve health and quality of life

HAMILTON, ON, September 6, 2022 /CNW/ – Physical activity, healthier eating and quitting smoking can help improve our health, well-being and quality of life, as well as reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. It is important that anyone living in Canadaespecially those who are socially and economically marginalized have the support needed to adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.

Today, Chad CollinsMember of Parliament for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, on behalf of the Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $870,000 support a project Hamilton, Ont.. Investment will focus on risk factors associated with unhealthy diet and physical inactivity among priority populations, including newcomers. The intention is to design an intervention that will help develop healthy lifestyle behaviors to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Funding will be awarded to McMaster University for their project “SCORE! Strengthening Community Roots: Anchoring Newcomers and Sustainability”. The project aims to increase active and healthy living to prevent type 2 diabetes among new immigrants from South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. The project will aim to cultivate a love of the outdoors, gardening and hiking among these communities, as well as build partnerships between families, schools, health facilities and local organizations.

The government of Canada will continue to work with community partners to ensure that everyone Canada can lead a healthy life.

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“Our government is committed to improving the health and quality of life for all residents of Canada. With McMaster University, we help ensure that everyone can lead a more active and healthy life. Through the Healthy Canadians and Communities Fund, we continue to help our partners and stakeholders work to reduce the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes. »

The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos
health Minister

“By promoting physical activity, healthy eating, and smoking prevention and cessation, we are helping people living in Canada becoming more active and eating healthy foods, which leads to a healthier life. This is particularly important for people facing health inequalities. Together with our partners, we aim to achieve better health outcomes for all who live in Canada through these community projects and initiatives.

Chad Collins
MLA for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek

“We are excited to work on this project where health equity meets public health that has the potential to help newcomer families optimize health trajectories for their children. SCORE! seeks to co-design and evaluate healthy active living interventions, while promoting optimal mental health and well-being.”

Sonia Anand
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, McMaster University, hamilton, Canada

Fast facts

  • Research shows that 44% of adults in Canada live with at least one chronic disease, such as heart disease, hypertension, cancer or diabetes.

  • Obesity rates have slowly increased over the past 20 years among young men and women, and physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption have declined.

  • The funding announced today is being distributed through the Public Health Agency of from Canada Healthy Canadians and Communities Fund (HCCF) which supports projects that aim to reduce the risk of chronic disease among Canadians by addressing common modifiable risk factors, namely unhealthy diet, smoking and physical inactivity.

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Healthy Canadians and Communities Fund

SOURCE Public Health Agency of Canada

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