Healthy Active Living: Is An Ounce of Prevention Worth a Pound of Cure?

The Conference Board of Canada, December 2, 2014
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An alarming number of Canadians are moving too little, sitting too long, not eating well, not getting enough sleep, and smoking and drinking too much. Despite more information on what makes us sick, progress in healthy active living has stagnated. Making progress on these behaviours could mean significant benefits to the health care system, the economy, employers, and all Canadians. The Canadian Alliance for Sustainable Health Care has launched a new research series Moving Ahead: Healthy Active Living in Canada which will culminate in recommendations on how to move forward on the healthy active living agenda.

This recorded webinar outlines the preliminary findings from a Conference Board research series to promote and improve healthy active living with a focus on the economic benefits of reducing physical inactivity and sedentary behaviour in the Canadian population.

Webinar Highlights

Topics addressed include:

  • key unhealthy lifestyle factors and their current levels in the population
  • linkages between unhealthy lifestyle risk factors and chronic health conditions
  • potential reduction in chronic disease that could result from an increase in the number of Canadians who are physically active and end sedentary lifestyles
  • economic benefits ensuing from a more physically- active, less-sedentary Canadian population

About Thy

Dr. Thy Dinh is an expert in population health, epidemiology, and health economics. Since joining The Conference Board, Thy has led research on the health and economic impact of interprofessional primary health care teams. She holds an MSc in Epidemiology from Queen's University and recently completed her Doctorate in Population Health from the University of Ottawa.

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