McGuinty Government Improves Access to Nutrition Services

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McGuinty Government Improves Access to Nutrition Services

Ministry of Health

Investing in Front-Line Nutritional Care, A Real, Positive Change TORONTO, March 26 - The McGuinty government is improving people's quality of life and expanding access to health services by bringing dieticians into their doctor's offices, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today. "Ontarians receive even better health care when doctors work more closely with other health care professionals, like dietitians," said Smitherman. "By integrating dietitians into front-line health care teams, we can help people develop healthy eating behaviours and make a real difference to their health and quality of life." "Our government is determined to help Ontarians change their eating habits," said Smitherman. "Poor diets are fueling an alarming rate of obesity and diabetes in Ontario. We are committed to providing people with the information and care they need to break the fast-food cycle and make smarter health choices." The Interdisciplinary Nutrition Services in Family Health Networks/Primary Care Model Sites initiative is a $734,600 collaboration between the Dietitians of Canada, the University of Guelph and McMaster University. Registered dietitians will work with three family health teams to promote healthy diets to all patients and specific treatment services to prevent and manage conditions like diabetes, low birth weight and high blood pressure. Minister Smitherman made the announcement today at the Dieticians of Canada 2004 Ontario Regional Conference. "This innovative initiative will set the stage for delivering nutrition services in family physician settings," said Paula Brauer, the principal investigator who is a Registered Dietician and Assistant Professor of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. The project is one of 45 new primary care initiatives being launched across the province. The $39.2 million in funding comes from the federal Primary Health Care Transition Fund, which helps provincial and territorial governments to strengthen primary care services. Ontario's portion of this fund is $213 million. "Our people's health is our most precious resource," Smitherman said. "Interdisciplinary front-line health teams that give people the resources they need to stay healthy are the future of health care in this province." This news release is available on our website at: http://www.health.gov.on.ca Version fran├žaise disponibleFor further information: Members of the media: Eva Lannon, Minister's Office, (416) 327-4320; Tanya Cholakov, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197; Members of the general public: (416) 327-4327, or (800) 268-1154