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Browse 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 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


24 hour parenting support

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Children do not come with a manual. Parenting can be a difficult task. Attachment and early childhood brain development set the stage and trajectory for behaviour difficulties and mental health issues in later years.

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Created on November 4, 2017 by Nicole Niejadlik.

24 Hour Walk-in Clinics

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Hospital over crowding is a prominent issue in Ontario, especially in the passing months.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Miranda125.

407 / 412: NO TOLLS

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Its painfully evidence with the daily stand still traffic on Highway 7 and surrounding areas that the Highway 407 TOLL highway is creating a problem.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by johnnywalker123.  1 comment

A Better Medical System; Improving the lives of both Patients and Doctors

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

There are many problems in the modern medical system. The biggest problem based off the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) is that there are not enough doctors. Next, there are not enough rooms and beds in hospitals.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Deeje Nguyen-Tong.

A covert way for individuals in danger to ask the public for help without alerting their captor.

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

With record numbers of cases in the news about kidnapping, sex abuse, spousal abuse and other forms of personal danger, we need to come up with a simple universal sign that would be victims could use to alert others of their situation.

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Created on November 3, 2017 by PlsHelpMe.

Above-Guideline Rent Increases - how many is enough?

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Conduct a research study on how many landlords are requesting above-guideline increases EACH YEAR and how many are approved.

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Created on October 28, 2017 by JSugar.

access to fresh produce in hospitals through either dedicated markets or pop up events

This idea did not move past government review because it would duplicate a service that is already available, work that has been completed or work underway.

the idea is to make healthy food choices easy choices by bringing fresh produce right to a vulnerable population - they could be patients, visitors, or hospital employees.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by rakeshinottawa.

Accessibility

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

Many stores, businesses and facilities remain inaccessible to persons using mobility equipment. This is mainly because under legislation private facilities with less than 50 employees are not required to comply with parts of the legislation.

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Created on October 13, 2017 by Dlegs.

ADDING LIFE-SKILLS TO THE CURRICULUM FROM AN EARLY AGE

This idea did not move past government review because it would duplicate a service that is already available, work that has been completed or work underway.

Adding into the curriculum, from an early age, a) CPR B) THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER c) SIGN LANGUAGE. THESE subjects should be implemented into the education system . Teachers/experts/instructors should be teaching these most important subjects.

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Created on October 12, 2017 by NOTSOCOMMONSENSE.  5 comments

Advancing Net Metering after the microfit program ends

This idea did not move past government review because it would not help support any of the Budget Talks focus areas.

We have just completed our solar net metering installation on our farm. As well, we our in our seventh year of the 20 year microfit program.

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Created on November 2, 2017 by Mark@HealthyLiving.

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