Obesity Canada recently became a member of HEAL: Organizations for Health Action, a national coalition of more than 40 organizations that advocate for action on significant health issues. HEAL uses a consensus-based approach that highlights the collective expertise and impact of the member organizations.
Heal meets four times per year to discuss health issues with relevance to the diverse member organizations and the populations they serve, while also participating in advocacy initiatives such as parliamentary days and campaigns targeting policy makers.
Obesity is a chronic disease that significantly impacts Canadians living with it, and so it is vital that Obesity Canada represents their voice at this table. For the upcoming federal election, HEAL has identified mental health and seniors’ healthcare as priority health issues. Both are strongly influenced by the prevalence and severity of obesity in Canada, and so any strategy to improve healthcare in these areas needs to include obesity treatment and prevention programs in order to be successful.
Watch for updates coming soon.