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Report: Taking Action to Prevent Chronic Disease

The Taking Action to Prevent Chronic Disease report addresses the prevalence of chronic diseases in Ontario. It identifies policy-based interventions and system-wide changes to inform future action from the province. The report addresses 4 risk factors associated with chronic diseases. To create the report, Cancer Care Ontario partnered with Public Health Ontario to bring together experts in the 4 risk factors, public health, measurement and evaluation, and knowledge exchange.

The report presents 22 evidence-based recommendations on:

  • Reducing exposure to tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating
  • Building capacity for chronic disease prevention
  • Working towards health equity

Summary of Recommendations

Tobacco Use

  • Increase tobacco tax
  • Broaden and extend the integrated tobacco cessation system
  • Implement a sustained social marketing campaign
  • Ban smoking on bar and restaurant patios

Alcohol Consumption

  • Maintain and reinforce socially responsible pricing
  • Ensure effective controls on alcohol availability
  • Strengthen targeted controls on alcohol marketing and promotion
  • Increase access to brief counselling interventions

Physical Activity

  • Require physical education credits
  • Evaluate daily physical activity
  • Support active transportation
  • Provide leadership through workplace physical activity policy

Healthy Eating

  • Create an Ontario food and nutrition strategy
  • Include compulsory food skills in curricula
  • Support healthy eating in publicly funded institutions
  • Implement mandatory menu labelling in food service operations

Capacity Building

  • Adopt a whole-of-government approach
  • Improve measurement and increase accountability
  • Connect knowledge with practice
  • Implement a coordinated health communications campaign

Health Equity

  • Reduce health inequities
  • Address First Nations, Inuit and Métis health 

Also see: Report: Path to Prevention