RHA taking aim at chronic disease 0
The Southern Regional Health Authority is partnering with other agencies to help residents prevent and cope with chronic disease.
The RHA has created the Regional Chronic Disease Network with the aim of providing better support for people who live with one or more chronic illnesses.
One of the network's main goals is to share information to help build and strengthen the ability of communities to prevent and cope with chronic disease, officials stated.
"This is intended to connect the people working to make life the best it can be with those who live with chronic illness," said Jennifer Baker, regional program director for healthy living.
"There are many ways the RHA can share resources with communities to serve our citizens to help improve their health and well being. The idea is to work together to make our lives easier."
Ways in which the network can support include attending health fairs, facilitating support groups, publishing informational brochures and website content, offering prevention lifestyle programs such as healthy nutrition and exercise programs, reducing and coping with stress and much more, Baker added.
The network follows up on the RHA's most recent Community Health Assessment, which in particular cited a number of key health issues for the region including chronic disease, the ageing population, youth health, mental health and high-risk groups.
Many people are still at risk for chronic disease due to preventable causes, the assessment stated, and chronic illnesses are among the most common and costly health problems, but they are also among the most manageable and preventable.
For example, only one in five RHA Central adults qualified as physically active - lower than the provincial average of one in four.
One in four RHA central adults is a smoker, and this rate was not falling as signifi cantly as hoped, and adult diabetes rates were increasing in every district of our region.
Baker noted any organization that would like to participate on the Regional Chronic Disease Network can contact Chantal Chevalier at 1-204-856-9696.
The current Regional Chronic Disease Network members include: Canadian Mental Health Association, Cancer Care Program, MB Métis Federation, Breast Cancer Centre of Hope, Heart and Stroke Foundation, South Central Cancer Resource, Long Plain First Nation, Central Regional Healthy Living Program, Parkinson's Association, Central Plains Cancer Care, Get Better Together Program, Diabetes Education, Schizophrenia Society, Mood Disorders, Celiac Association, Active Living Coalition for Older Adult, Osteoporosis Canada and the Arthritis Association.
For more information about healthy living programs, visit the RHA website at www.rha-central.mb.ca.