The Canadian Institutes of Health Research has awarded funding to a new Concordia-led preventive-health initiative spearheaded by Simon Bacon, professor in the Department of Health, Kinesiology and Applied Physiology. Bacon says he sees a gap in Canada’s current health-care model in addressing behaviour as a primary form of prevention.
“Most of our health care is fixated on biomedical treatment, meaning pills or surgery as ways of alleviating chronic health conditions,” he notes. “But we know that changes in lifestyle can greatly help minimize the impact of preventable disease.” How to effectively engaging individuals in these changes has not adequately been tested, Bacon maintains. This training platform will help create infrastructure to train people to develop and test behaviour change interventions and integrate these across the health-care spectrum.”