Senate gets it right with focus on prevention

Eat right and exercise. Easy to say, and we’ve all heard it a million times. Tougher to actually do on a day-to-day basis.

Eat right and exercise.

Easy to say, and we’ve all heard it a million times.

Tougher to actually do on a day-to-day basis.

But it’s exactly what we should all be doing to stay healthy, which is why it’s so heartening that the Lake Cowichan healthcare team, the members of which we are profiling in the Gazette, is focused on helping us do just that.

Prevention of illness is always better than treatment after we are sick. Just ask anyone who’s sick right now.

Historically, our healthcare system has been largely focused on helping people who are already ill, whether it’s providing medications or surgeries.

But we know that many of the illnesses that we are now treating with that system grow out of lifestyle choices.

It only makes sense to try to target those choices to get at the root causes before someone ends up in hospital or at the doctor’s office.

Healthcare in Canada is still largely about treating sick people. But over the last few years there has been some progress on shifting some of the resources and attention to prevention.

Last week a new Canadian senate report came out looking at obesity in our country.

The numbers are not encouraging.

The number of obese children has tripled and the number of obese adults has doubled since 1980. That’s just a 30-year span. Imagine where we will be if we continue on the current trajectory without change.

The report makes 21 recommendations, some of which have already proven controversial in certain circles.

One of those recommendations is a tax on sugary drinks, which has already, unsurprisingly, drawn the ire of the Canadian Beverage Association.

After watching how many kids walk around with four-litre bottles of pop that they drink in a single day we think it’s the least we should be doing.

We also applaud the idea of rewriting the Canada’s food guide without the food and beverage industry being allowed to stick their oar in. Let’s face it, the only reason they want to have a say is to put stuff on there that shouldn’t be.

There are also several recommendations that encourage more funding to get us off our couches and moving.

The report states that only 15 per cent of adults are getting the recommended 150 minutes of activity per week.

If we want to reduce the cost of healthcare in the years to come, we must take these ideas seriously.

Just Posted

Jared Popma recently streamed a live concert from the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre. (Ashley Daniel Foot photo)
21-year-old jazz artist talks favourite tunes and joys of music theory

Jared Popma recently streamed a concert from the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

Vetch cover crop beginning to flower. (Mary Lowther photo)
Mary Lowther column: Vetch and crimson clover to the rescue of soil fertility

I add dry organic fertilizer as plants use up what is in the soil.

Sarah Simpson
Sarah Simpson column: A shift in perspective can sometimes change everything

Have you even been forced to wake up at 5:30 on a Saturday

Black Press file photo
RCMP seek suspect in Vancouver Island-wide crime spree

Crimes stretched from Deep Bay to Qualicum, Ladysmith, Chemainus and Youbou

North Cowichan’s committee of the whole have rejected staff’s recommendation to limit the use of fireworks to Halloween. (File photo)
North Cowichan rejects limiting fireworks to Halloween

Municipality decides staff recommendation would be unpopular

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

A 58-year-old B.C. woman says she was attacked by a deer while out walking her dog last week. (Paul Chiasson/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Deer attack in southeastern B.C. leaves woman cut, battered and bruised

Liz Royer says she was out for a run last week when the deer appeared out of a bush and charged

Most Read