|Reports & Publications - Annual Report 1999
Tri-Health Initiatives Help Many Change Lifestyle Habits
The Health Unit, along with many community partners, worked together throughout 1999 to promote healthy eating, physical activity, and smoke-free living. Partners involved in this Tri-Health initiative included the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
n, the Canadian Cancer Society, Community Health Centres, and the OASIS Institute for Healthy Living, among others.
Early in the year, a media campaign promoted the three risk factors for heart disease and cancer: unhealthy eating, physical inactivity and smoking. A contest was carried out on the radio and in various local newspapers, resulting in a positive response.
The Grocery Store Task Force carried out a project in six grocery stores throughout the tri-county. Information posters and tear off fact sheets containing healthy recipes were placed in the produce sections of the grocery stores. The project promoted more fruits and vegetables in our diets.
The Restaurant Task Force developed a dining guide for Kemptville, Merrickville and Smiths Falls. These guides contained information on “eating out the healthy way”. The guide listed restaurants offering smoke-free environments and healthier food choices and were delivered to all households in the three communities. Community response to the campaign was positive.