A holiday message from the Executive Director

Happy Holidays.

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How much do lifestyle choices really matter for health?

If we want healthier communities, we must stop thinking of health only as a matter of personal responsibility and lifestyle choices, and dive deeper to the greater social determinants.

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The social determinants of physical activity

Let's exercise our policy opportunities to build healthier communities.

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Many ministries could be Ministry of Health

Every minister is a health minister.

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The public health system benefits all of us

Public health requires the collaboration of social, economic and public policy, for an agenda that serves all Canadians.

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Reconciliation is a public health imperative

"All these seeds we are planting now, and the federal government's doing it under the auspices of trying to save money, but it really is fool's gold what they're saving because the World Health Organization shows us that for every dollar a government spends on a child, they can expect to save up to $20 downstream in not having to pay for addiction services, mental health services, hospitals, prisons, those kind of things."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Connect upstream.