Many chronic illnesses, like diabetes, are preventable conditions, and many injuries, like those incurred from a senior’s fall, can be prevented.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Public Health Units help prevent the onset of many chronic diseases and their devastating effects, by providing information and tools that help individuals develop healthy habits such as eating healthy, nutritious foods, being active every day, as well as being smoke-free.”1 It is also known that a range of broader risk conditions can contribute to chronic diseases, including living and working conditions, environmental pollution, certain infections, social relationships and early childhood experience, among others, which is why these agencies also support the development of healthy environments and policies.2
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, forty percent of all children and youth injuries, in Canada, are sports and recreation related. The government has vowed to take action to create safe sports and recreational environments that are safe, fun, and healthy for children and youth. There are also many programs offered through cooperative efforts of various health and education agencies, voluntary and not-for-profit associations, and community groups, to help train and educate the public on how to prevent unnecessary injuries. Some of the workshops offered focus on balance rehabilitation, car seat safety, safe food, cyclist safety, and much more.
2. British Columbia Ministry of Health. (n.d.) Healthy Living Branch. Retrieved from: http://www.health.gov.bc.ca/prevention/
3. Public Health Agency of Canada. (n.d.). Injury Prevention Funding to Promote Active and Safe Play. Retrieved from: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/media/nr-rp/2013/2013_0121-eng.php