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GNCC is providing a wide range of studies, government reports and a series of articles ad well as position papers. All showing the positive effect of cycling in society and in the lives of every citizen.

Some Health Canada Stats

Current the Canadian Healthcare Bill is $200 billion which is 11% of GDP

BC Health care budget is 18 billion which is 42% of the provincial budget

The Journal of Public Health reports:

  • A smoker cost $3000/year
  • An overweight Canadian cost $1500/year
  • not physical active Canadian cost $750/year
  • For $1 of preventive measures such as taken medication, saves $4 in hospital costs.

    According to the government, employing smokers will cost employers upward of $5,800 per smoker, per year. The costs due to loss of productivity because of periodic smoke breaks is more than $3,000 per smoker, per year.

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    Cycling and Health

    In today's world no politician or government bureaucrat can avoid the mounting evidence that cycling provides real positive health benefits. Report after report by government departments and agencies provide the knowledge that building bike infrastructure is not just nice to have, but essential on every level in our society.

    As a healthy form of physical activity, cycling can help to reduce the risk of a range of health conditions, notably heart disease and cancer the leading preventable causes of premature death. More people cycling, more often, would help to slow or reverse the obesity epidemic among adults and young people. And because cycling is something that can be done as part of daily travel routines, it has the potential to become a habitual form of exercise that can be done throughout life.

    Cycling also has the potential to improve broader aspects of community health, by increasing road safety, reducing emissions, creating opportunities for children's play and enhancing social cohesion. Policies to encourage cycling have the potential to affect well-being by re-allocating space away from the car, and giving people a renewed ability to move about more freely in their communities, under their own steam.

    Cycling will also have an increasingly important role to play in future transport strategies as the impact of climate change encourages people to look for more benign modes of transport in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Evidence from these reports should be used to help build partnerships between health professionals, transportation professionals, bike advocacy groups and focus on positive actions to promote cycling.

    Local authority transport departments, which have much of the power in developing transport infrastructure, can create more and better facilities for cycling, and implement policies to reduce traffic speeds. Public health agencies can join them in a partnership that focuses on placing cycling at the heart of healthy transport policy, and recognizing its potential to improve many aspects of public health.

    Staying Alive!

    1. Let's say it's 7:25pm and you're going home (alone of course) after an unusually hard day on the job.
    2. You're really tired, upset and frustrated.
    3. Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five km from the hospital nearest your home.
    4. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far.
    5. You have been trained in CPR, but the guy that taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself.
    6. HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE? Since many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.
    7. However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest. A breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is felt to be beating normally again.
    8. Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it to regain a normal rhythm. In this way, heart attack victims can get help or to a hospital.
    9. Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!
    10. A cardiologist says If everyone who gets this email, & kindly sends it to 10 people, you can bet that we'll save at least one life.
    11. Rather than sending jokes, please ....... contribute by forwarding this email which can save a person's life....
    12. If this message comes around to you ......more than once.....please don't get irritated......U need to be happy that you have many friends who care about you & you are being reminded of how to tackle....Heart attacks.... when you are alone.
    Thanks to John Capon on Gabriola Island for sharing this.