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About this Campaign

Make Alberta Better is a new campaign by Wellness Alberta to secure provincial government support for the creation of a well-financed, effective and sustainable Wellness Foundation. The proposed foundation will tackle the enormous impact of chronic disease and injury through proven prevention strategies.

Chronic disease and injury account for 90 percent of the illness burden in Canada and yet only one percent of the total healthcare budget is invested in the primary prevention of these illnesses and conditions. Wellness Alberta is asking the government to double this investment and to direct the funding to the creation of a new Wellness Foundation that will be sustained for many years to come

You can help Make Alberta Better. Support the campaign by signing our petition to take wellness off the waiting list.

What will a Wellness Foundation do to prevent disease and promote health?

A Wellness Foundation will focus on evidence-based actions that have been proven to address the root cause of a health problem before it develops (primary prevention). The foundation will not duplicate work that is already being done in the areas of screening, rehabilitation, primary care or other forms of early detection or follow-up.

Many of the risks for chronic disease can be influenced through effective prevention work. A Wellness Foundation will focus on reducing six well-established risk factors including physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, tobacco use, alcohol misuse, and adverse childhood experiences and injury.

A Wellness Foundation will work with a range of government departments, health agencies, community organizations and other key stakeholders to implement five key strategies including:

  • support community action by providing long and short-term funding for programs, policies and other strategies that have been proven to improve health outcomes,
  • increase education and awareness about staying healthy and increase support for public policies through communication campaigns,
  • support healthy public policies by developing and sharing recommendations for action based on research and project/initiative evaluations and supporting Alberta to become a leader in the field of health promotion by providing specialized training, tools and resources,
  • engage new partners from the private and public sectors through a matching granting program, and
  • evaluate, monitor and report on all foundation activities and their impact on the health of Albertans.
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How will a Wellness Foundation be funded?

Funding for a Wellness Foundation must be adequate, long‐term and protected from the growing demands of the healthcare treatment system. The current modest budget for chronic disease prevention should be doubled – with the new funds dedicated to the Wellness Foundation.

The new Wellness Foundation can be funded through a special wellness levy on tobacco, alcohol and sugar‐sweetened beverages. Public polling has shown that a majority of Albertans will support this kind of levy if the proceeds are dedicated to the prevention of chronic diseases and injuries.

This investment will more than pay for itself. Research shows every dollar spent on efforts to keep Albertans healthy can result in a financial return of at least $4 to $5 to the health care system.

WHO IS SUPPORTING THIS CAMPAIGN?

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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