Did you know that 4 out of 5 Canadian adults are at risk for chronic disease, and 3 out of 5 Canadian adults actually live with a chronic disease?  The top 4 chronic diseases in Canada are Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes and Chronic Respiratory disease. The good news is that 40% of cancers, 80% of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and respiratory disease are preventable by reducing common risk factors such as:
- poor nutrition
- lack of physical activity
- harmful use of alcohol.
According to the World Health Organization, an unhealthy diet is one of the primary risk factors for chronic disease. Research shows that diet counselling makes a difference. For example, structured and intensive lifestyle interventions delivered by dietitians can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 60% in clients at risk.
What can you do?
- Eat a nutritious and healthy diet, including lots of fruit and vegetables
- Don’t smoke or use other forms of tobacco
- Limit your alcohol consumption to Canada’s LOW risk drinking guidelines
- Maintain a healthy body weight
- Get regular physical activity
How do you know which nutrition information to trust?
There is so much nutrition information out there that Canadians don’t know what to believe. It can be challenging to know which online nutrition information is credible and which is not.  For your food and nutrition questions – ask a Registered Dietitian. Registered Dietitians are the most trusted food and nutrition experts who are committed to helping Canadians enjoy safe, nutritious, affordable and healthy eating. As nutrition experts, dietitians can help you decide on and find factual information that’s relevant to your health and wellness needs. Contact us or check out the ‘Your Health’ section at www.dietitians.ca.
 Chronic Disease Alliance Prevention Canada (2016) http://www.cdpac.ca/media.php?mid=1411
 Dietitians of Canada, The impact of diet counselling (2015) https://www.dietitians.ca/Downloads/Public/Chronic-Disease-2-pager.aspx
 Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month (2017) www.dietitians.ca