Canadians are struggling to lead healthy lifestyles. The result is a growing prevalence of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease that account for 17% of all health care costs in Canada and tragically, 43% of all deaths. The CHANGE (Canadian Health Advanced by Nutrition and Graded Exercise) Program, based on evidence from diet and exercise research, focuses on long-term changes and overall well-being. It simultaneously targets the conditions that often progress to high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, while reducing the need for medication. In this session, participants will hear about the implementation of the CHANGE program in various setting across Canada. The results from Alberta and British Columbia will be shared to demonstrate potential implementation strategies along with new opportunities in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.
Laurie Flood is Board Chair of Metabolic Syndrome Canada. Her career has included diverse leadership roles in financial services, manufacturing, and technology and with companies of all sizes. Laurie brings a combination of entrepreneurial spirit and a laser-like focus on producing results to her passion for helping Canadians get healthier. While there are many studies demonstrating exercise and diet cure so many diseases, the need for an evidence-based program to educate and support Canadians with making long-term change is essential to shift from disease care to health care. Laurie believes that a team and a community are necessary for our doctors, trainers, coaches, and friends to help us become a healthier population.