The Healthy Communities Initiative...


Like many communities around the globe and across Canada, Brampton is addressing a common need, ensuring adults, children and youth are engaged in active healthy living so as to reducing their risk of health concerns and chronic illness. Through the Healthy Communities Initiative, an exciting new approach to providing supportive care in the community is emerging, bringing together community leaders and partners to develop a plan for getting more PEOPLE, more ACTIVE, more OFTEN. And, the City of Brampton, Central West LHIN, Region of Peel and William Osler Health System are proud to be taking a leadership role, exploring ways to create an active, healthy community.

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Associated in large part with poor eating habits and physical inactivity, rates of diabetes in Peel Region are among the highest in the province and across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). At the current rate, it is expected that by 2027 one out of every six residents in Peel Region will have developed this chronic condition. The cost of treatment for diabetes in Peel Region is currently $700 million annually, a figure which is expected to surpass $1 billion by 2025. Direct costs for medication and supplies range from $1,000 to $15,000 annually, and life expectancy for people with Type-2 diabetes may be shortened by 5 to 10 years.

In particular, childhood obesity is a complex, multi-faceted issue requiring multi-sectoral partnerships to promote healthy living. Eighty percent of Peel children are not physically active each day of the week; eighty-three percent do not meet proper fruit and vegetable guidelines; and sixty-five percent do not meet adequate milk and alternative standards.

A problem this profound requires a prescription for change and support from an entire community. Together, Central West LHIN, City of Brampton, Region of Peel and Osler are forming a community alliance of local businesses, schools, health service providers, community partners and members to integrate a mandate of healthy eating and active living.  As a collective, the organization will encourage healthy options at congregation meals, implement menu labelling, enhance physical infrastructure and play areas, develop community gardens, establish active transportation infrastructure (e.g. bike racks) and collaborate with community organizations to deliver active programming.

5-2-1-0 Healthy Communities Initiative will seek to mobilize the entire community to address diabetes, by empowering residents to make healthier eating decisions and active lifestyle changes. On Thursday, October 6, 2016, join Brampton’s prescription for change by: Enjoying 5 or more servings of vegetables and fruit per day… Powering down – no more than 2 hours of screen time a day… Being active – at least 1 hour a day… and Choosing healthy – 0 sugar-sweetened drinks.


Resources (please click on the image)

  Healthy Communities Forum, September 2015
Presentation by Dr. Eillen deVilla
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel

Healthy Communities Initiative
Presentation by the Rotman School of Management Team

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Get Involved... become a Healthy Communities Champion!

The Healthy Communities Initiative is looking to develop strategies based on a wide range of perspectives and partnerships including those from educators, employers, local businesses, faith communities and other local leaders. Become actively engaged in an initiative that will...

  • make healthy diet and physical activity a norm in our communities
  • help leaders and participants understand the required community action, partnerships required to create more active communities
  • develop a local action plan to identify specific areas that will create opportunities for children and youth to be more active, more often in our communities
  • celebrate local successes in our communities.

Find out more information about the Healthy Communities Initiative by reviewing the presentations below (click on the image) and, if you or someone you know would like to be a part of the Healthy Communities Initiative, please contact Hali Harry-Paul: