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This week's feature, "Health Literacy and Health Promotion: Implications of an Institute of Medicine Report" is submitted by Irving Rootman, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Distinguished Scholar and Professor, Centre for Community Health Promotion Research, Faculty of Human and Social Development, University of Victoria.

In his introduction he writes, "In OHPE Bulletin 270.1, I discussed the possible relevance of the concept of health literacy for health promotion (Rootman, 2002). In this issue, I continue the discussion by drawing on Health Literacy: A Prescription to End Confusion, a report on health literacy recently released by the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2004) to which I made a contribution as a member of the committee that produced it. This report is important because Institute of Medicine reports tend to have a significant impact on policy, practice, and research in the United States, and often beyond."

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Symposium 2004- Confronting Obesity:Research, Policy & Practice


Call for Abstracts deadline extended to August 30, 2004.

Hosted by the Centre for Health Promotion Studies, University of Alberta, early bird registration rates are available until September 17, 2004. For further details, please go to


For Call for Abstracts, please go to

Trillium Health Centre Diabetes Health Fair


Oasis Convention Centre, 1036 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga.

The Diabetes Education Centre at the Trillium Health Centre is proud to announce its 6th Annual Diabetes Health Fair. Last year's Health Fair attracted over 1150 people, and this year there is a bigger fair. Marjorie Hollands, cookbook author will be promoting her new cookbook, there are cooking demonstrations, and four diabetes specialist speakers lined up for the afternoon. More than 40 companies will display and sample their products for people living with diabetes.


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