Ontario's Action Plan for Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) was developed to address an epidemic of overweight and obesity in Ontario and as part of a world wide response to reduce chronic disease by targeting nutrition and physical activity.
"Moving the Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy Forward in Ontario" is a consultation report which describes four priorities for action which need to take place in order to move the HEAL strategy forward. Based on discussions with tobacco field experts on the success behind the Smoke Free Ontario Strategy and building on the knowledge from key informants within the areas of healthy eating, physical activity, health promotion and chronic disease prevention, this report proposes four priorities for action that, when implemented with appropriate investment and collaborative effort with stakeholders, will move Ontario's Action Plan for Healthy Eating and Active Living forward and are transferable to the development of other healthy public policies, including Ontario's recent announcement to develop a provincial strategy targeting childhood obesity.:
- Establish a HEAL Expert Panel to recommend a comprehensive agenda for action within a chronic disease prevention and management framework;
- Establish a HEAL research and policy engagement agenda for Ontario;
- Develop a comprehensive HEAL knowledge exchange plan for Provincial and Regional Stakeholders;
- Develop a plan to build regional capacity to implement effective HEAL programs and policies.
This report builds on OCDPA's "Thinking Like A System: the way forward to prevent chronic disease in Ontario", and offers a clear and concise blueprint on how to implement the four priorities for action. It is intended for Ontario policy makers, educators, non-governmental organization (NGO) staff, as well as health professionals and practitioners in the areas of healthy eating and active living.
The "Moving the Healthy Eating and Active Living Strategy Forward in Ontario" report can be downloaded at: http://www.ocdpa.on.ca/rpt_MovingHEALForward.htm
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