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Toronto, ON – August 10, 2011: Dietitians of Canada announces the launch of a new and improved eaTracker, a bilingual on-line tool from dietitians, Canada’s food and nutrition experts. eaTracker helps Canadians track their eating and activity choices, analyze their recipes, plan their meals and set goals for healthy eating and physical activity.

Since 2005, eaTracker has enjoyed a steady following of over 307,000 users on the Dietitians of Canada website, www.dietitians.ca. Over 75,000 of these users have signed up since 2010. “Using their feedback, we’ve updated the tool to help consumers make their best food and activity choices to support their good health,” says Lynn Roblin, Registered Dietitian. “It’s a mine field out there for consumers with so much food and nutrition information; eaTracker provides one-stop shopping for consumers, right from planning their meals to providing feedback on their food and activity choices”, continues Roblin.

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Ottawa, July 21, 2011 – According to a new poll conducted for the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), an overwhelming majority of Canadians say the country’s health care system must be transformed to better meet patient needs.

The poll, conducted just days before the beginning of the annual Council of the Federation meeting in Vancouver, found 89 per cent of Canadians believe the federal government should play a leading role in health care transformation, while (92 per cent) agreed that a First Ministers meeting to deal with the challenges of the health care system should be called as soon as possible. These findings rest on a firm belief (91 per cent agree) that Canada’s health care system is in need of transformation to better meet the needs of all Canadians.

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Ottawa, July 19, 2011 – In advance of the 2011 meeting of the Council of the Federation, and the looming expiry of the health accord in 2014, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) together have defined a set of principles to guide health care transformation in Canada.

“A health care system that is universal, sustainable and truly centred on the needs of patients demands pan-Canadian standards for which all levels of government share responsibility,” said CMA president Dr. Jeff Turnbull. “No matter where they live, Canadians deserve a system that provides a seamless continuum of care. To achieve this, governments must be guided by a common set of principles.”

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On June 2, the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and its provincial member associations launched a rebranding initiative that will change the way medical radiation technologists (MRTs) are recognized throughout the medical profession as well as by the general population, and bring a face to this often misunderstood profession.

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Ottawa, May 26, 2011 – The Canadian Nurses Association today officially launched its National Expert Commission on health system improvement, entitled The Health of Our Nation — The Future of Our Health System. The Commission’s mandate is to generate policy solutions that contribute to a transformed health system — one that is better equipped to meet the changing health needs of Canada’s population.

“Nurses are central to the health care of Canadians, who benefit from the knowledge, experience and expertise of nurses from cradle to grave. The nursing profession has generated multiple solutions through its research, knowledge and experience, which need to be brought to bear on a transformed, sustainable system. That kind of revitalized system must lead to better health outcomes and a more vibrant, productive nation,” said CNA president Judith Shamian.

TORONTO – The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) today called on all federal political parties to put more emphasis on health care during this general election. While encouraged by some of the health care issues addressed in party platforms, the College and its 25,000 family physician members and the 30 million Canadians who are their patients would like to hear the positions and perspectives of all parties regarding the following CFPC recommendations:

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) is supportive of Budget 2011’s proposed commitments to health, health and biomedical research, and innovation.  While none of the commitments are monumental, they do signal that even in difficult economic times, the government is listening when Canadians say that the healthcare system is their foremost concern.

The Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO) is encouraged by a series of investments in Budget 2011 that focus on health care and innovation.

TORONTO – Incentives to work smarter, not more money, is what’s needed to curb escalating health care demands on the federal purse, said the Canadian Chiropractic Association (CCA) today in response to the release of the Federal Budget.

Ottawa — The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association reports that the federal budget did not take action on the Report on the Findings of the Oral Health Component of the Canadian Health Measures Survey 2007–2009. This oral health report card, which was released last year, gives a snapshot of the oral health status of Canadians.