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Poverty and Health: Risks for Chronic Disease

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Caboto Club, 2175 Parent Avenue

Priming Action Windsor Workshop

Please join us for a provocative morning of learning and strategizing about how to address the impacts of poverty, lack of housing, employment and education on the growing incidence of chronic disease.

We hear a lot about escalating rates of diabetes, soaring rates of cancer and heart disease and an obesity epidemic. We are told to reduce our risks for disease: healthy weights, daily exercise, healthy eating and reducing stress. As community and health workers, we know that the risks for disease go far beyond a healthy lifestyle. We know that people living in poverty face an uphill battle to stay healthy: if you have to choose between having a roof over your head and putting food on the table, how can you make healthy choices?

Primer to Action is a practical new resource that addresses these issues. Full of links to resources and ideas and examples of strategies that work, and set in an easy-to-read, web-based format, it's a guide for busy community and health workers.

This free workshop will be based on the Primer to Action, and is an opportunity to meet with peers and others working in the area of chronic disease, poverty and other determinants of health, to learn and strategize together, and build new potential partnerships. This workshop is offered through Go For Health, Windsor-Essex and the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse, in partnership with the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance.

We hope that this workshop will help us find new ways to help us shift the dialogue with decision makers and colleagues.

For more information, visit http://www.opc.on.ca/english/projects/primingaction/reg_primingaction_windsor.htm or contact Elizabeth Strachan, (519) 258-2146 x3106.