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It’s Time to Make Alberta Better

Today far too many Albertans are dying or suffering from preventable disease. These illnesses include cancer, heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, mental illness and other chronic conditions. Our healthcare finances are nearing the breaking point. Almost half of the provincial budget goes to healthcare. Yet over 90% of Alberta’s healthcare dollars are spent on chronic illnesses that are largely preventable. Alberta needs to stop chronic disease before it starts – through the creation of a provincial Wellness Foundation. Learn more.




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Too many Albertans are dying from preventable disease. Sign our petition to #MakeAlbertaBetter
Wellness is vital for Alberta's children. Sign our petition to #MakeAlbertaBetter!
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How to Make Alberta Better:

A Wellness Foundation for real action on prevention

Alberta urgently needs to invest in building better health – and a Wellness Foundation is the best way to go.
Past efforts by government to invest more in preventing disease have been undermined by growing funding pressures from the healthcare treatment system. A Wellness Foundation will ensure that funding is dedicated to effective prevention investments that are protected over the long‐term.

A Wellness Foundation will help Albertans live healthier lives by reducing risks for chronic disease.
The foundation will focus on proven actions that address root cause of chronic illnesses (primary prevention). Effective action on the major risk factors is especially important. These risk factors include: physical inactivity, tobacco use, unhealthy eating, alcohol misuse, injuries and traumatic childhood experiences.

Jim Gray: It’s time to take wellness off Alberta’s waiting list

power-over-poverty-launches-at-churchill-square-in-edmontonBy Jim Gray – Published in the Edmonton Journal: Premier Rachel Notley and her government face a considerable challenge in bending down the cost curve on health care while improving health outcomes. The 2017 provincial budget reflects the severity of this challenge as health-care costs continue to consume a larger portion of government expenditures.

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DavidSwannA health coalition representing 130 organizations, institutions and governing bodies is applauding the recommendations of the final report of the Mental Health Review chaired by Dr. David Swann, MLA for Calgary Mountain View.  The report contains several recommendations pertaining to the prevention of mental illness in Alberta including increased funding and resources for prevention and health promotion.  Wellness Alberta is urging the Notley government to invest more resources in prevention by quickly adopting all of the relevant recommendations in the Swann report.

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WA-logoToday a coalition of over 120 organizations, institutions and governing bodies is launching a new campaign to enlist Albertans in its efforts to secure a provincial Wellness Foundation.  The Make Alberta Better campaign is mobilizing thousands of Albertans in to contact their MLAs in support of a significant and protected government investment in chronic disease and injury prevention. Campaign supporters will be urging MLAs to make Alberta better through the creation of a new provincial Wellness Foundation to tackle the enormous burden of chronic disease and injury. 

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The Economist: Taxes on fizzy drinks seem to work as intended

20151128_FNP002_0AROUND the world, governments and beverage makers are locked in battle over taxes on sugary drinks. Hungary has been taxing them since 2011. In 2012 the French government introduced a tax on all drinks with added sugar or artificial sweetener, now €0.075 ($0.08) a litre. The Mexican government followed suit last year, with a tax of 1 peso ($0.06) a litre on all sugary drinks. Chile and the city of Berkeley, California introduced similar measures in January; Barbados followed suit in June and Dominica in September.

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Calgary Herald Editorial: Ounce of prevention

eau-claireCalgary oilman and philanthropist Jim Gray deserves credit for drawing attention to the importance of encouraging Albertans to live healthy lives. Gray is chairman of the Wellness Alberta coalition and is calling on the provincial government to create an independent foundation funded annually by $60 million from the public’s coffers.

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The following Alberta organizations have formally endorsed the Wellness Alberta proposal to secure a well-financed, effective and sustainable Wellness Foundation. This list is updated regularly as the list of supporters is growing rapidly and currently represents over 3.5 million Albertans! If you represent an organization that is interested in endorsing this campaign, please contact us!
Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel
Alberta Athletic Therapists Association
Action on Smoking & Health
Alberta Blue Cross
Alberta Coalition for Healthy School Communities (ACHSC)
Alberta Centre for Active Living
​Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research
Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors
Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists
Alberta College of Family Physicians
Alberta Continuing Care Association
Alberta Council on Aging
Alberta Food Matters (AFM)
Alberta Medical Association
Alberta Motor Association (AMA)
Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association
Alberta Pharmacists' Association (APA)
Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP)
Alberta Public Health Association
Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
Alberta Schools Athletic Association
Alberta Students' Executive Council (ASEC)
Alberta Teachers' Association
ATB Financial
​Arthur J.E. Child Foundation
Be Fit For Life
Beaver County
Boys and Girls Clubs - Western Region
Calgary Catholic School District
Calgary Rural Primary Care Network
Campaign for a Smoke-Free Alberta (CSFA)
Canadian Cancer Society, AB/NWT Division
Canadian Diabetes Association AB/NWT
Canadian Institute of Natural and Integrative Medicine
Canadian Paraplegic Association - AB
Cardel Place
Catholic Central High School
Chrysalis: An Alberta Society for Citizens with Disabilities
City of St. Albert
City of Edmonton
City of Calgary
City of Leduc
City of Red Deer

City of Medicine Hat
Concordia Students' Association (CSA)
Conference Board of Canada
County of Lethbridge
County of Northern Lights
Dietitians of Canada - Alberta and the Territories Region
Edmonton Catholic Schools
Edmonton North Primary Care Network
Edmonton Public Schools
Ever Active Schools
FOCUS on Seniors
Foundation for the Future Charter Academy
Grande Yellowhead Public School Division
Grant MacEwan University-Aboriginal Education Centre
Grasslands Public Schools
Growing Food Security in Alberta (GSFA)
Health & Physical Education Council (HPEC)
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
Heart and Stroke Foundation
High Prairie School Division (#48)
Injury Prevention Centre
Lung Association of Alberta & NWT
Leduc-Beaumont-Devon Primary Care Network
Max Bell Foundation
Medicine Hat Family YMCA
Mount Royal University
Mount Royal University - Health Services & Optimal Therapies Clinic
Mount Royal University - Recreation
MS Society of Canada - AB & NWT Division
Municipal District of Peace No. 135
Municipal District of Taber
Native Counselling Services of Alberta
Norlien Foundation
Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) -Athletics and Recreation
'NSTEP (Nutrition, Students, Teachers Exercising with Parents)
Onoway High School
Outdoor Council of Canada
Parkland County
Parks Foundation Calgary
Policy, Location and Access in Community Environments (PLACE) Research Lab
Prostate Cancer Centre
Promoting Optimal Weights through Ecological Research (POWER) Lab

Red Deer College - Department of Kinesiology & Sport Studies
Renfrew Educational Services
Royal Life Saving Society Canada - AB/NWT Branch
Safe Healthy Active People Everywhere (SHAPE)
Saffron Centre Ltd
Smoky Lake County
Sport for Life Society
Sport Medicine Council of Alberta
Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists
St. John Ambulance - Alberta Council
Strathcona County
Telus Spark
The Support Network
Town of Beaumont
Town of Black Diamond
Town of Bruderheim
Town of Canmore
Town of Coalhurst
Town of Coronation
Town of Okotoks
Town of Picture Butte
Town of Pincher Creek
Town of Smoky Lake
Town of Two Hills
Town of Wembley
Trico Charitable Foundation
University of Alberta - Centre for Health Promotion Studies
University of Alberta - Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry
University of Alberta - Faculty of Physical Education & Recreation
University of Alberta - School of Public Health
University of Alberta - Students' Union
University of Calgary - Faculty of Kinesiology
Village of Barnwell
Village of Breton
Village of Chipman
Village of Clyde
Village of Consort
Village of Hussar
Village of Longview
Vivo for Healthier Generations
Werklund Foundation
Wolf Creek Public Schools
YMCA Calgary
YMCA Lethbridge
YMCA of Northern Alberta
YMCA Wood Buffalo


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