Hamilton – 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.
Chad Collins, Member of Parliament for Hamilton East—Stoney Creek, on behalf of Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health, announced an investment of $870,000 to support a project in Hamilton, Ontario. The investment will focus on risk factors associated with unhealthy eating and physical inactivity among priority populations, including newcomers. The intent is to design an intervention that will help develop healthy living behaviours to prevent type 2 diabetes.
The funding will be awarded to McMaster University for their “SCORE! Strengthening Community Roots: Anchoring Newcomers and Sustainability” project. The project aims to increase active and healthy living to prevent type 2 diabetes in South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Middle Eastern new immigrants. The project will aim to nurture a love of the outdoors, gardening, and hiking among these communities as well as build partnerships between families, schools, healthcare facilities, and local organizations.
The Government of Canada will continue to work with community partners to ensure that everyone in Canada can lead a healthy life.
“Our government is committed to improve the health and quality of life of everyone living in Canada. With McMaster University, we are helping ensure that everyone can lead a more active and healthy life. Through the Healthy Canadians and Communities Fund, we continue to support partners and stakeholders to work on reducing the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes.” – Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Health