The Department of Health and Community Services has just released Improving Health Together: A Policy Framework for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management in Newfoundland and Labrador. This is the document that will guide the province in how it addresses chronic disease for the next several years, which is a really big deal! In this province "of residents 12 years of age and up, over half (approximately 61 per cent) report having at least one chronic disease, and many have more than one." Chronic diseases include arthritis, cancer, chronic pain, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, lung disease and stroke.
So why post this new document on Root Cellars Rock? Because we try to promote healthy living that's based on eating whole and fresh foods, getting active by doing things like gardening and going on edible plant hikes, and connecting with our communities to build social support systems. All of those things can help limit the incidence of chronic disease. Root Cellars Rock supports the province's efforts to promote wellness and prevent chronic disease!
73% of NL residents (12 years and older) aren't getting enough fruits and vegetables (Improving Health Together) and Root Cellars Rock wants to change that. We're here to share tips, build skills and inspire you to meet your local farmers, garden, and cook delicious, fresh, local foods.
Be passionate about your health, get involved in your community, and let's make 2012 the year that the local food movement takes action against chronic disease!
To read Improving Health Together, click on the image below or visit the Department of Health and Community Services website.