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As a member of Alberta Health Service’s leadershipteam, it is truly a great pleasure to welcome you to this issueof Apple. Alberta’s health-care providers and organizations,government, communities and individual citizens are allpartners in one common mission: To improve our personaland collective health and well-being.
When we think of health, we tend to first focus on thetreatment we receive when we are sick. But it is essential thatwe turn much more of our attention and effort—as a societyand as individuals—to health promotion, injury and diseaseprevention, and the early detection and treatment of illness.
Part of our journey to better health rests with learningmore about our bodies and minds when we are well, andwhen we are feeling different or ill. Publications such asApple help us gain knowledge and empower us to becomeand remain healthier. This issue—our biggest and hopefullybest ever—is no exception!
Much has been said in recent years about “women’shealth” and “men’s health.” We have even established careprograms specializing in each. What makes the articlesin this issue different? They are written about one genderfor the other. Who better to learn and understand moreabout women’s health than husbands and partners, sonsand fathers? And females gaining insight into the world ofmen’s health? How better to support our friends and lovedones of the opposite sex in their pursuit of well-being ormanagement of disease?
“It is essential that we turn much more of our attention and effort—asa society and as individuals—to health promotion, injury and diseaseprevention,” says Dr. David Megran.
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Inside, you will also find some “plain truths” abouttobacco use in Alberta. Tobacco use has fallen in ourprovince, but is still the number one cause of manypreventable diseases such as lung disease and cancer.
Read on and you will learn more about current strategies,techniques and treatments to overcome the addictive graspof tobacco.
All this and more. Enjoy your reading and your health!
— Dr. David W. MegranDavid Megran is a physician and the executive vice-president and chief medical officer of ClinicalOperations for Alberta Health Services