Surveys and interviews were conducted to determine the following as priorities:
- Physical activity
- Healthy eating/nutrition
- Mental health
- Smoking cessation
- Flu immunization
- Pap test awareness
Decade of support
Through sponsoring community events and organizations, Doctors Nova Scotia has been investing in health promotion for over a decade.
For the first time, mental health and concussions have been identified as priority areas. Doctors Nova Scotia will be researching these priorities and determining how best to move forward.
The association also lobbies government for changes in legislation when there’s a potential risk to the public. As part of the association’s commitment to healthy eating, it’s asking the provincial government to pass comprehensive legislation banning the sale of high energy drinks to anyone under 19.
Recent successes in advocating for changes in legislation include:
- Provincial ban on the use of tanning beds for anyone under 19
- Mandatory use of helmets for skiers and snowboarders
- Banning on the use of cell phones/hand-held devices while driving
- Ideas on how to lower prescription drug prices for those who use Nova Scotia Pharmacare
Senior policy advisor