The Canadian Press

2015-09-29 | Alberta Wellness Foundation

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A coalition of groups wants the Alberta government to spend millions of dollars on a new organization that would encourage people to live healthier lives. Wellness Alberta wants the province to create an independent foundation and fund it with an annual grant of 60 million dollars that would increase to at least 200 million in three to five years. Calgary oilman Jim Gray, chairman of the coalition, says its more cost effective to prevent disease than to treat it. (The coalition says the Alberta Wellness Foundation would work to promote physical activity and reduce unhealthy eating, tobacco use, alcohol abuse and injuries. It says the government could fund the wellness foundation through general revenue or with a special wellness tax on tobacco, alcohol or sugar-sweetened drinks.)

Date: 2015-09-29
Placeline: EDMONTON.
Source: The Canadian Press
Length: 16 seconds

Transcript Prediction: << we must address the demand side of our Healthcare System before the cost of financing the supply side of the system deeply damages our ability to fund the other other necessary provincial programs >>


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