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For today's feature, Nancy Dubois has submitted an article on Obesity. She writes, "This OHPE Feature provides insights into understanding this condition that has enormous population, and therefore economic, impacts for Canada."

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New Canadian Women's Studies Journal: Women and HIV/AIDS


and HIV/AIDS, Volume 21, Number 2.

Researchers, healthcare providers, educators, activists, and women living with HIV/AIDS come together to consider the vast range of concerns of women affected by the disease. Guest edited by a diverse group of women actively working in this area: Amy Andrews, June Larkin, Claudia Mitchell, Relebohile Moletsane, and Esther Tharao.

This issue identifies key issues that impact on women s vulnerability to HIV infection and, if they have already contracted the infection, affects their ability to access the necessary treatment, support, and care.

Canadian Woman Studies

212 Founders College

York University,4700 Keele Street

North York, ON M3J 1P3

Tel: (416) 736-5356

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Lungs Are For Life secondary program now available to health educators


In recognition of National Non-Smoking Week, The Lung Association

announces the release of its newly revised Lungs Are For Life smoking

prevention program for secondary students. Complete with a

curriculum-based focus for Grade 9 and 10 students and a brand new

Teacher-Advisor Program/Community Involvement manual, this innovative new program is available free of charge to Ontario teachers and communities interested in combating tobacco issues from a unique peer-led perspective.

The revised Grades 4 to 8 versions are also available. Health

educators may order a free copy of the Lungs Are For Life program (in

English or French) by contacting The Lung Association at 1-800-972-2636




A. Introduction / Overview

B. How is obesity defined?

C. What causes obesity?

D. Why is obesity such a health risk? The link to chronic disease -

E. What can be done to prevent obesity?

F. What can be done to treat obesity?

G. A Call to Action for Communities

H. Sample Initiatives

I. Print References

by Nancy Dubois, ( with the assistance of Erica Di Ruggiero.


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