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New Milestone for Mental Health First Aid Canada

50,000 Canadians trained to respond to a mental health crisis

Calgary, April 19, 2012 – More than 50,000 Canadians are now trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) to provide initial help to a person developing a mental health problem or illness, or experiencing a mental health crisis.

“We are so proud to have provided Mental Health First Aid training to 50,000 Canadians,” says Denise Waligora, Manager of Program Education of MHFA Canada. “Our numbers will continue to grow as we all become more aware of the incredible value MHFA can bring to an organization, community, or even a family.”

by NationTalk on April 20, 2012776 Views

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Province Releases Consultation Report on Childhood Obesity

Province of Nova Scotia
Health and Wellness
April 19, 2012

The province is closer to a plan to address childhood obesity after hearing from more than 1,100 people, groups and organizations about how to make it easier to grow up healthy in Nova Scotia.

Input came from dialogues, written submissions and an online survey summarized in the report What We Heard: Survey and Consultation Findings for a Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategy.

“We all know that poor diet and physical inactivity are putting children, youth and families at risk for preventable health conditions and diseases,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health and Wellness. “It’s a complex societal problem, so it will take many steps and a collective movement to change how we live. An early step was asking the public, our partners and experts what we can do. I thank everyone who took part.”

by NationTalk on April 19, 2012716 Views

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New CMA course provides tools for Aboriginal health in HIV

Ottawa and Vancouver, April 18, 2012 – A new online course is being introduced to teach doctors in Canada about the social, cultural and historical frameworks for HIV health care in Aboriginal communities.

Ken Clement, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, says, “Aboriginal peoples in Canada are disproportionately impacted by HIV and face many negative social determinants of health. Poverty, racism and stigma are just some of the factors that impact overall health in the Aboriginal community.”

by NationTalk on April 19, 20121301 Views

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Federal budget cuts deeply affect the health of Aboriginal women

“Today’s cuts to Aboriginal health and well-being will be tomorrow’s burden.” – Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, president of NWAC.

Ottawa (17 Apr. 2012) – The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is adding its voice to the numerous groups and organizations outraged by the recent cuts to Aborginal health funding. The federal government has eliminated funding to indirect services for Aboriginal health in order to preserve direct services to First Nations living on reserve only. The cuts affect numerous Aboriginal organizations who are geared toward the improvement of Aboriginal health including the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) which will close on June 30.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2012909 Views

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NWT’s Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) rates decrease

Yellowknife (April 18, 2012) Finally, the NWT is seeing a reduction in STIs. The NWT has seen a drop in the number of cases for Gonorrhea. Gonorrhea (also known as “The Clap”) is a common STI that can be cured with antibiotics. However, if not treated early, it can seriously affect your health and may cause sterility.

The Report on Sexually Transmitted Infections in Canada: 2009 found Gonorrhea rates in the NWT drop by 20.1% from 2008 to 2009.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2012713 Views

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Funding Announced for Mental Health and Addictions

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Health and Community Services
April 18, 2012

Reducing stigma and transforming the way mental illness and addictions are perceived begins in the community by changing attitudes, and beliefs and providing opportunities for greater understanding. Through an investment of $180,000, the Provincial Government will provide grant funding to 10 mental health and addictions grass roots groups and individuals to support early interventions through community-based initiatives. In addition to the grants funding, a public call for volunteers is also being made to help steer a Mental Health and Addiction’s Community Leadership Committee.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2012950 Views

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Health Reports, April 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 >

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The April 2012 online issue of Health Reports, released today, contains two articles.

The first article, “Daily patterns of physical activity among Canadians,” identifies the times during the day when people engage in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), based on accelerometer measures over seven consecutive days. Minutes of MVPA are reported for two-hour intervals from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., by age group and sex, for weekdays and weekends. Patterns of physical activity among the most and least active in the population are also described. The data are from the 2007 to 2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey.

by NationTalk on April 18, 2012699 Views

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Minister Aglukkaq streamlines Northern Health Funding Processes

April 17, 2012
For immediate release

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Factsheet: The Northern Wellness Approach

Iqaluit, Nunavut – The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, with the Honourable Keith Peterson, Minister of Health and Social Services, Government of Nunavut, today announced a new approach to health funding that addresses the unique challenge of delivering health promotion and disease prevention programs in the North.

by NationTalk on April 17, 2012779 Views

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Inuit Describe Health Canada Cuts as Unconscionable

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National Organization Health Budget Cut 40%

Tuesday April 17, 2012 – Ottawa, Ontario – National Inuit Leader Mary Simon reacted strongly to cuts from the federal budget in the department of Health Canada. The announced cutbacks to federal health spending will have major and direct negative impacts on Inuit.

“Inuit health statistics are several times higher than average Canadian data,” said Mary Simon. “Our suicide rate is 11 times higher. Tuberculosis rates are 174 times higher. Infant mortality rates are three times the national average. Inuit life expectancy is 15 years less than the average Canadian, and continues to widen. These shameful statistics speak for themselves.”

by NationTalk on April 17, 20121199 Views

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Justice for Girls Troubled by Expanded Breach of Aboriginal Women and Girls’ Human Rights

April 16, 2012
For Immediate Release

Justice for Girls, a Vancouver based girls rights organization, joins other groups in expressing concern over Health Canada’s decision to cut all funding for the Native Women Association of Canada (NWAC) projects aimed at improving the health of Aboriginal women in Canada.

The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination recently noted (March 2012) “the persistent marginalization and difficulties faced by [Aboriginal peoples in Canada] in respect of employment, housing, drinking water, health and education, as a result of structural discrimination whose consequences are still present.”

by NationTalk on April 17, 2012843 Views

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