Health prevention is one of those hands down winners. You ask people about health care reform, and almost everyone believes that moving health issues upstream has the potential to reduce costs for the health system.
In the Health Council of Canada’s progress report for 2013, they note that when it comes to public health, we have too few objectives and measures to evaluate our successes or failures. No kidding.
Health promotion was supposed to be a key narrative in the health accord signed between the provinces and federal government in 2004. That accord is about to expire in October of next year.
One measure they do have is the prevalence of obesity.
Clearly obesity is a major factor for public health, yet the results between 2003 and 2011 are disastrous. Almost every province and territory has seen a rise in obesity. Only the Yukon saw a decline.