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Chronic disease prevention

Many Canadians are living with chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke, osteoarthritis, lower back pain and other musculoskeletal disorders as well as many types of cancer. To address this issue, the CMA supports the development of policies that promote and facilitate healthy choices, impacting both individual health and well-being as well as the overall health status of the population. Chronic diseases share many of the same risk factors, including physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, use of alcohol and tobacco as well as the social determinants of health.

Over half of Canadian adults and close to one-third of children are overweight or obese, largely caused by unhealthy diets. The CMA is providing recommendations in the update of Canada’s Food Guide, as an important tool to influence healthy choices. The CMA is also concerned with the marketing and promotion of unhealthy foods and beverages to children and youth. And the CMA has been involved in the federal government’s initiative to require the labelling of unhealthy foods, including those high in salt, sugars and saturated fats.

For CMA’s advocacy on tobacco, see related webpage.