Canada funding to improve healthy living for priority populations in Ontario

Public Health Agency of Canada

November 24, 2022 | Kingston, Ontario | Public Health Agency of Canada

Physical activity, eating healthier, and tobacco cessation can help improve our health, well-being, and quality of life as well as reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases. It is important that everyone living in Canada, especially those who are socially and economically marginalized have the support needed to adopt and maintain healthy behaviours.

Today, Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced an investment of over $950,000 to support a project in Kingston, Ontario. The investment will focus on improving the health and well-being of low-income older Canadians living in Eastern Ontario.

The funding will be awarded to Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network for their project “AVOID Frailty: Community Empowered Healthy Aging.” The project aims to increase physical activity and improve nutrition among low-income older adults (65 years and older) residing in the Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFLA) region. The goal of the intervention is to encourage positive health behaviour change using an interactive approach that includes education, a resource database, and self-monitoring. Older Canadians will be actively engaged to better understand their needs and identify the barriers and enablers of health behaviours to implement potential solutions to unhealthy eating and physical inactivity.

The Government of Canada will continue to work with community partners to ensure that everyone in Canada can lead a healthy life.

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