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Primary Prevention is Every Body's Business 

A 1% reduction could save Manitobans millions annually

The Primary Prevention Syndicate continues to advocate for a comprehensive public-private-community sector commitment to reducing the rates of smoking, physical inactivity and excess weight in Manitoba. This is an increasingly critical policy issue – for the health of Manitobans and for addressing the escalating costs of health care that is crowding the capacity of governments to invest in critical infrastructure and other citizen priorities.

“Reducing the three core risk factors of smoking, physical inactivity and excess weight is critical to the health and productivity of Manitobans,” said Debbie Brown Co-Chair Primary Prevention Syndicate and CEO for the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba.  “Unless leaders in the public-private-community sectors focus on achieving results in reducing these risk factors, the health of Manitobans will continue to decline, productivity will decline and health care costs will continue to climb.” 

Did you know?

  • The economic costs of smoking, physical inactivity and excess weight factors cost the Manitoba economy $1.98 billion a year, including $610 million in direct health care costs. These costs will increase to $2.32 billion by 2031 if the prevalence of these risk factors remain unchanged.
  • More than 213,000 Manitobans smoke, costing $790 million in overall costs including $260 million in direct health care costs.
  • More than 600,000 Manitobans have excess weight, costing $818 million including $238 million in direct health care costs.
  • Almost 540,000 Manitobans are physically inactive, costing $370 million, including $112 million in direct health care costs.
  • If the proportion of the population with these risk factors is reduced by 1% per year, the economic burden to Manitoba would decrease $329 million per year by 2031...saving the Manitoba economy more than $3 billion over the next 20 years.

(Data from The Economic Benefits of Risk Factor in reduction in Manitoba, October 2013).

The data is clear - that’s why the Primary Prevention Syndicate continues to advocate for a public commitment to a 1% annual reduction in rates of smoking, physical inactivity and excess weight in Manitoba. The Primary Prevention Syndicate is also committed to tracking progress towards that goal.

Progress to date

Click here for an UPDATE on chronic disease risk factor reduction in Manitoba, provided by the Primary Prevention Syndicate and Alliance for the Prevention of Chronic Disease

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To learn more about Prevention Research, click here.

 

 

Posted June, 2014.