Alberta wants residents to talk about wellness

Massage Therapy Canada staff
May 27, 2014
By Massage Therapy Canada staff
May 27, 2014 – Albertans are invited to share ideas and inspire new ways to improve wellness in communities across the province. The province’s new program, Let’s Talk about Wellness, engages residents and aims to broaden Albertans’ collective understanding of health and wellness and shift conversations from the delivery of healthcare to the factors that contribute to wellness.
Let’s Talk about Wellness conversations begin this fall, led by the associate minister of wellness, Dave Rodney, and chief medical officer of health, Dr. James Talbot. Albertans can visit talkwellness.ca to express their interest in taking part.

Participants will have an opportunity to join together and share their wellness priorities this fall through local community events and online conversations.

“Alberta has become a leader in disease prevention and wellness, but there is so much more that we can do – that’s why we’re asking Albertans to participate in this important conversation. I encourage all Albertans to think about the possibilities we have to strengthen our collaboration and broaden the amazing opportunities for Albertans to enjoy a greater degree of wellness,” said Rodney.

The Let’s Talk about Wellness engagement supports Alberta’s Strategic Approach to Wellness, which aims to improve health outcomes for Albertans by addressing the social, economic and environmental factors that contribute to health and wellness.

“Wellness is more than not being sick or hurt – it is something we build together with our families, schools, communities and workplaces, in our parks and playgrounds, the places we live, the air we breathe and the choices we make. Promoting wellness in our communities requires all of us to work together as individuals, families, communities, business and governments. The true wealth of our province is our people – promoting the wellness of Albertans is essential to our future,” said Talbot.

The Government of Alberta has undertaken a number of initiatives over the past few years to help improve the quality of life for Albertans, including: Tobacco Reduction Strategy; Get Outdoors Weekend; International Symposium on Wellness; U-Walk; Healthy U initiatives; 5&1 Experiment; Social Policy Framework; Poverty Reduction Strategy; and Early Childhood Development.

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