Looking to behaviour 'won't change much' for our health
We know the best approaches to improve Canadian health are those that address the root causes — preventing, instead of treating — but we still get caught up focusing on behaviour, and 'magical thinking'. Let's break out of the trinity trap. more
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Food waste and food insecurity in Canada
Diverting food waste to charitable food programs will not address food insecurity in Canada. more
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Look upstream to improve mental health
Our headlines are flooded with mental health crises. It's time to address the real root causes. more
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To cure hunger, prescribe income
In this ninth episode of Upstream Radio, we zoom out and look to the deepest sources of hunger and food insecurity, and what can be done to address these urgent Canadian public health crises. read more and comment
Better food in schools improves education and health
Education and food are absolutely fundamental to a healthy life. So why in a country as progressive and wealthy as Canada, do we still have such a hard time putting these two things together? read more and comment
Public health should not be part of health care
It used to be the case in much of Canada that public health units were autonomous or semi-autonomous organizations at the local level, often aligned with and sometimes part of local government. read more and comment
Why did Mary die? Dig deep to find causes
In some ways, public health is like that annoying kid who is always asking: “Why?” Why did this person become sick? Why did they die? It’s a bit like peeling an onion — there is always another layer to the story, another reason why. read more and comment

Upstream is a movement to create a healthy society through evidence-based, people-centred ideas. We work to reframe public discourse around addressing the social determinants of health in order to build a healthier society.

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