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Healthy living

Submit creative ideas to encourage and promote healthy living.

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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 the Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy (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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30 ideas submitted to Healthy living

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Free bus tickets to local community centre

Community centres play an important role in helping low-income Ontarians. The programs and services can assist with healthy living, and also engage seniors into social groups.

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Updated on October 16, 2017 by JSugar.  4 comments

Impact of condo living on water infrastructure (pipes)

My idea is to conduct a research study on the impact of condo developments to old water infrastructure specifically in Toronto. My concern is how an overload to the sand neglect could potentially do great harm to the water system in Ontario.

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Created on October 13, 2017 by JSugar.

New funding for healthcare

I personally feel we have an excellent healthcare system, but that it needs better funding to make it sustainable for the long term. Here are my suggested ways to do this.

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Created on October 13, 2017 by MartyB.  1 comment

Global Rate Increase : Guaranteed Income Pilot vs. ODSP & OW

Review the current rates of Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Programs in comparison to the rate of the Guaranteed Income Supplement Pilot.

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Created on October 15, 2017 by JSugar.  1 comment

Splashpad for Fenwick

We live in Fenwick which is a suburb of Fonthill and all the new development seems to go to the latter.

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Created on October 12, 2017 by drawmaster.  1 comment

Ceiling price on alcohol

Professional sporting events such as BlueJays and Maple leaf games charge large sums of money for alcoholic beverages. The price is often 2x the cost of the retail price charged by LCBO.

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Created on October 13, 2017 by RyanL.  1 comment

Marijuana and Student Awareness/Addiction,Critical Care Clinics

Run drug awareness programming in schools. So kids are well informed of substance-use risk and abuse.

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Updated on October 19, 2017 by JSugar.  3 comments

Environmental Sustainability

I believe that we need to invest more of our money in sustainable energy as well as sustainable infrastructure.

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Updated on October 12, 2017 by Environnemental Advocate.  2 comments

Urban nature fund

Create a fund to promote community engaging with nature and sustainability. For example, have recycling programs in schools were kids are engaged in activities. Or create a program where seniors can garden in a community spot.

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Created on October 18, 2017 by JSugar.  2 comments


A step up from shelters small capsule hotels exist in japan.A private lockable capsule with common bathrooms and laundry.the capsules have a bed air/heating light and are compact for people transitioning to have their own little private w

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Created on October 12, 2017 by Saintdimit.