WHEREAS obesity is the accumulation of large amounts of body fat which can have a negative effect on the health of an individual;
WHEREAS in 2008, Statistics Canada reported that 51 percent of Canadians over the age of 12 were overweight or obese, and 17 per cent were obese. The highest rates were among 55-64 year olds, with 22 percent in that age group wrestling with excess weight;
WHEREAS obesity, heart disease, stroke and related health concerns cost the Canadian economy $22.2 billion each year in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages and decreased productivity;
WHEREAS research is indicating Canada is facing an inactivity and obesity crisis whose impact on the cost of future chronic disease management is almost unimaginable;
WHEREAS the well-being of Canadians is much less determined by the health care system than by choices that influence healthy living;
BE IT RESOLVED the Liberal Party of Canada, concerned with the overall health of Canadians, will support community based healthy living initiatives to encourage citizens to achieve healthy living results and outcomes by becoming involved in registered weight loss, exercise, and behaviour modification programs;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED a personal Health Investment Tax Deduction, to reward successful participation in these healthy living activities will be investigated and implemented which could assist in improving the overall health of Canadians, and as a result ease the strain on the health -care system and improve workforce productivity.
Liberal Party of Nova Scotia