News and Announcements From the APCCP - August 2011
Advocacy In Action
Advocating for a healthier Canada can come in many forms. In the past week, the APCCP wrote our Prime Minister Steven Harper with an urgent request to participate in the upcoming United Nations Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Summit in New York.
Letter writing campaigns are one way you can get involved to make healthy public policies a top priority for our provincial and federal leaders. Once recieved, a letter is recorded by office staff and you can request a response to ensure that your 'voice' has been heard. In September, two political parties in Alberta will be electing new leaders. This is the perfect time to write a letter to the leadership candidates and make your voice heard.
Need help getting started? Visit the Health Advocacy Toolbox
, one of the great resources available on the web for tips and advice on writing a letter to an elected or public official.
General Assembly of the United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Disease Summit,September 19-20th
In Canada, chronic diseases are a significant and growing burden, costing the Canadian economy around $93 billion annually. As preventing non-communicable diseases is critically important for the health of all Canadians, the APCCP has urged our Prime Minister to attend this event and demonstrate a meaningful commitment to reducing risk factors for chronic disease on a world stage.
To view the APCCP's letter visit our website
. For more information on the first ever NCD Summit in New York, click here.
Vote For Health: All Candidate Leadership Forums and Dates
The Progressive Conservative and Liberal Leadership Candidates have 5 more stops across Alberta before it time to cast your vote. What do these Leaderships Candidates have to say on health and tobacco reduction issues? By attending these forums you have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions that matter to you and see where they stand on important issues for all Albertans.
For upcoming PC forums and dates click here
. For upcoming Liberal forums and dates click here
APCCP Joins Alberta Food Policy Council (AFPC) Meeting August 23rd
What can a food policy council do to shape public policy? Mapping and publicizing local food resources; creating new transit routes to connect underserved areas; and persuading government agencies to purchase from local farmers are some of actions that can happen when citizens get together to make policy recommendations to improve our local food system and health. The APCCP will be participating in the AFPC's next meeting on August 23rd. Stay tuned for more updates.
For more information on the Alberta Food Policy Council or on how to become involved, visit their blog.