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New Report--Recommendations for Reducing Chronic Disease in First Nations, Inuit and Métis (Path to Prevention), Cancer Care Ontario

Cancer Care Ontario is pleased to announce the publication of a new report entitled Path to Prevention – Recommendations for Reducing Chronic Disease in First Nations, Inuit and Métis (Path to Prevention): http://www.cancercare.on.ca/cms/One.aspx?portalId=1377&pageId=361361.

This is a companion report to Taking Action to Prevent Chronic Disease: Recommendations for a Healthier Ontario (Taking Action), which was released in 2012 in partnership with Public Health Ontario: https://www.cancercare.on.ca/pcs/prevention/healthieron/?WT.mc_id=/takin.... Taking Action provided 22 recommended policies and interventions to reduce population-level exposure to four key risk factors, build capacity for chronic disease prevention and work towards health equity.

Rates of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and respiratory diseases are increasing at an alarming rate among First Nations, Inuit and Métis populations. Path to Prevention provides the Government of Ontario with evidence-based policy recommendations for reducing exposure to four key chronic disease risk factors in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities: commercial tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating. It is also a key deliverable of Cancer Care Ontario’s third Aboriginal Cancer Strategy: https://www.cancercare.on.ca/about/programs/aborstrategy/aboriginal/.

The recommendations in this report focus on creating supportive environments that empower First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples to make healthy lifestyle choices that reduce their risk of chronic disease, including cancer. Policy recommendations were developed through extensive engagement with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, the Government of Ontario and non-government organizations. There was a process for validation by First Nations, Inuit and Métis to ensure the recommendations accurately reflected their communities’ priorities.

Cancer Care Ontario is committed to advancing the recommendations within Path to Prevention; however, implementation will require full participation by First Nations, Inuit and Métis partners, the Government of Ontario and other organizations working in the field of chronic disease prevention.

Moving forward, Cancer Care Ontario will create a collaborative structure that includes First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and other key partners to develop, plan, implement and evaluate progress.
Thank you for your ongoing support in this important effort. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].