Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Canadian Medical Association promotes AT

At their recent general annual convention in August, the Canadian Medical Association adopted the following resolutions:

1.. The Canadian Medical Association and provincial/territorial medical associations call on the federal government to work with the provinces and territories to adopt a national environmental health strategy. DM 5-17

2.. The Canadian Medical Association and provincial/territorial medical associations urge all levels of government to promote active transportation by:

a) incorporating active transportation principles into community planning and infrastructure renewal; and

b) developing and implementing public education and awareness programs that explain the link between health, active transportation and the environment. DM 5-15

3.. The Canadian Medical Association urges governments to adopt national standards for ambient air quality that are at least as stringent as the leading international standard. DM 5-18

4.. The Canadian Medical Association urges the federal government to support research to understand the relationship between early childhood exposure to air pollution and long-term health effects that may occur as a result of this exposure. DM 5-16

5.. The Canadian Medical Association encourages all physicians to lead by example by using, facilitating and advocating for the use of active transportation.


In related news, together with the BC Medical Association and the BC College of Family Physicians, Walk BC (co-led by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon and the BC Recreation and Parks Association) has created the Physician Engagement Program to facilitate and increase physical activity in inactive adults aged 35-54.

Physician Engagement provides BC physicians with resources for their patients about the benefits of physical activity, how to get started with a walking program, and local information on programs and opportunities.

For more information please check out www.walkbc.ca.

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