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As a member of Alberta Health Service’s leadership
team, it is truly a great pleasure to welcome you to this issue
of Apple. Alberta’s health-care providers and organizations,
government, communities and individual citizens are all
partners in one common mission: To improve our personal
and collective health and well-being.
When we think of health, we tend to first focus on the
treatment we receive when we are sick. But it is essential that
we turn much more of our attention and effort—as a society
and as individuals—to health promotion, injury and disease
prevention, and the early detection and treatment of illness.
Part of our journey to better health rests with learning
more about our bodies and minds when we are well, and
when we are feeling different or ill. Publications such as
Apple help us gain knowledge and empower us to become
and remain healthier. This issue—our biggest and hopefully
best ever—is no exception!
Much has been said in recent years about “women’s
health” and “men’s health.” We have even established care
programs specializing in each. What makes the articles
in this issue different? They are written about one gender
for the other. Who better to learn and understand more
about women’s health than husbands and partners, sons
and fathers? And females gaining insight into the world of
men’s health? How better to support our friends and loved
ones of the opposite sex in their pursuit of well-being or
management of disease?
“It is essential that we turn much more of our attention and effort—as
a society and as individuals—to health promotion, injury and disease
prevention,” says Dr. David Megran.
Our journey to
better health rests
Inside, you will also find some “plain truths” about
tobacco use in Alberta. Tobacco use has fallen in our
province, but is still the number one cause of many
preventable diseases such as lung disease and cancer.
Read on and you will learn more about current strategies,
techniques and treatments to overcome the addictive grasp
All this and more. Enjoy your reading and your health!
— Dr. David W. Megran
David Megran is a physician and the executive vice-president and chief medical officer of Clinical
Operations for Alberta Health Services