Alberta is experiencing a chronic disease epidemic that is placing an enormous burden on our quality of life, economy and healthcare system. Most chronic diseases are largely preventable including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, lung disease and mental illness. Although chronic disease represents 90 percent of healthcare expenditures, only about one percent of the total provincial health budget is devoted to the primary prevention of chronic disease and injury.
Wellness Alberta is calling for the creation of a provincial Wellness Foundation that will reward Albertans with improved health outcomes, reduced demands on healthcare, and the creation of a new culture of wellness that will benefit all citizens now and in the future. We believe that this foundation should be well-financed, sustainable and function independently of the healthcare system to maintain financial autonomy, accountability and transparency.
Support for a Wellness Foundation is growing quickly and the momentum is building. Over 100 organizations representing over 3.5 million Albertans have already endorsed the creation of this foundation. To see the current list of supporting organizations click here. Building on these successes, we are reaching out to many other organizations across Alberta who will support the creation of a Wellness Foundation that is dedicated to disease and injury prevention in our province.
We need your support to help secure a provincial Wellness Foundation. You can support our campaign by having your organization complete and submit our endorsement form.
We would be delighted to add your organization’s name to our growing list of supporters. This list will be made public on our website and will be shared in meetings with elected officials and government stakeholders to illustrate the broad base of support that exists in Alberta for the creation of a Wellness Foundation.
Not a leader of an organization? There are still lots of ways that you can show your support:
Together we can achieve our goal of establishing a sustainable, well-financed Wellness Foundation in Alberta. On behalf of Wellness Alberta, we thank you for your efforts to improve the health of Albertans and for your consideration of our request to build on these efforts.
Provide an organizational endorsement for a wellness foundation
Share why wellness in Alberta is important to you