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The problem

Although traditional health care often focuses on care after someone is sick, healthy living – for example, eating well, exercising regularly, and not smoking – is one of the best ways to prevent health problems in the future.

We know that:

  • eating healthy can help protect you from heart disease and stroke, and lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and some kinds of cancer
  • people who are physically active are less likely to develop heart disease and other chronic health problems
  • if you stop smoking, within 24 hours, your risk of heart attack starts to drop and within 5 years your risk of stroke is the same as someone who never smoked

Although we offer programs and supports to help people stay healthy, have introduced menu labelling to help people make informed and healthier food choices and are helping smokers quit, what new and creative ideas and technologies should we consider to help people stay healthy?

Who we're trying to help

While everyone can benefit from adopting healthy living, due to factors beyond their control there are groups in the province that may be more at risk for developing certain chronic diseases, such as, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and asthma. These groups include, people:

  • living on low incomes
  • in rural and remote communities
  • with mental health and addiction concerns
  • from certain racial backgrounds

We are looking for ideas that promote health for everyone and/or offer new ways of connecting with groups that have traditionally been hard to reach.

What we're doing/have done

Healthy living

We fund 36 Public Health Units (opens in a new window) across the province. They offer healthy living programs, mental health promotion and disease prevention information for members of their local communities.

Smoke-Free Ontario

In 2007, we launched Smoke-Free Ontario (opens in a new window) which combines programs, policies, laws and public education to help:

  • smokers quit
  • protect people from exposure to second-hand smoke
  • encourage young people to never start

Healthy kids

Through the Healthy Kids Community Challenge (opens in a new window) we give money, training and social marketing tools to 45 communities across the province, to run programs about healthy eating and being active for kids and their families. This program reaches 40% of Ontario’s population including Indigenous populations served by six Aboriginal Health Access Centres and Community Health Centres. 

We also offer free fruit and vegetables to elementary and middle school students in the districts of Algoma, Porcupine and Sudbury through the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program. The program reaches over 190 schools and approximately 37,000 students every year.

We partner with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to help pay for the Student Nutrition Program (opens in a new window), which helps provide nutritious meals and snacks in schools. During the 2015-16 school year, the program served nearly 900,000 children and youth.

Menu labelling

We also introduced the Healthy Menu Choices Act (opens in a new window), which requires all food-service chains with 20 or more locations in Ontario, to post the number of calories in the food and drink items they sell.

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242 ideas submitted to Healthy living


Healthcare fairness

As a general rule, if I go to the gym, purchase a treadmill or buy healthy food, just to name a few, I am investing in my long term health.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Maverick23.

To develop a youth driven greenhouse to address food security and poverty in Northern Ontario

The Youth of the James and Hudson Bay would like to join forces start a Greenhouse business to grow healthy fruit and vegetables to sell and distribute to communities in the James and Hudson Bay Region.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by vicky.  2 comments

Pilot Study to confirm physical and economic benefits of Continuous Glucose Monutoring Sensors

The idea I would like to submit to Budget Talks is a proposal to study the impact Continuous Glucose Monitoring has on Type 1 Diabetes over 9 months of use.

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Created on November 1, 2017 by Sjann Johnson.

C25k partnership program and health blogs

I recently completed the C25K program (couch to 5k running plan) and in my research, came across these UK NHS sponsored podcasts -

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Updated on October 24, 2017 by Roger.  2 comments

Support mental health

Mental health services in Ontario are woefully underfunded.

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Created on October 29, 2017 by Cadavericspasm.  2 comments

Reduce Prices for Healthy Food

In order to promote healthy living, we need to first make healthy living accessible for Ontario residents. Most grocery stores have junk foods that are cheaper than healthy foods.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Ontario0101.  3 comments

20 % of Transportation Budget for Cycling Infrastructure

The United Nations has stated that government transportation budgets should be allocated so that at least 20% of the Transportation Budget is used to provide infrastructure for non-motorized transportation especially cycling and pedestrian infrast

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Created on October 24, 2017 by Bruce Rosove.  2 comments

Virtually map our parks and integrate them with Google Maps

Currently, you can navigate through the roads of many of our parks. Google provides this service. In most cases, Google Maps stops at the road.

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Created on October 30, 2017 by Hubmedia.

Improving The Medical System

The problems are that there are not enough doctors, rooms and beds in modern Medical systems. My proposal is to make it easier to get into Medical school in Ontario.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by NoobyNoobster.

Making Canada Healthy Initiative: Processed Food Regulation & Subsidized Healthy Food

Create a new fund that could be called "Making Canada Healthy Initiative" with two pillars:
(1) Develop stricter regulations for processed food.

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Created on October 26, 2017 by milenop.  1 comment