Rory MacDonald’s morningsnack used to be a largemuffin and a “triple-triple”coffee (three creams, threesugars).
That changed when hisdoctor recruited him for apilot study in the CHANGE(Canadian Health Advancedby Nutrition and GradedExercise) program. CHANGElinks people at risk of chronicdisease with a registereddietitian and an exercise
LEADING THE CHANGE
More than 800 Albertans are making lasting lifestyle changes
in an innovative new cancer prevention program
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specialist. Its goal is toincrease physical activity,promote healthy eating andreduce obesity in adults atrisk of chronic disease due tolifestyle.
A 67-year-old housepainter from Edmonton,MacDonald quickly learnedhis recommended daily intakeis 1,800 to 2,300 calories, andthat his morning snack wasabout one-third of that. “Myold regime was about 6,000
calories a day,” he says.
With CHANGE MacDonaldaltered his eating habits,started walking 10,000 stepsa day and dropped 30 lbs.
( 14 kg) in a year, which he’skept off. His above-averagewaist size, weight, bloodpressure and unhealthy fatand blood sugar levels allreturned to normal. Otherstudy participants have madesimilar improvements.
physician, Dr. Doug Klein at
the Edmonton Oliver Primary
Care Network, is using the
original CHANGE program
to pilot the Alberta version of
the program that focuses on
cancers in Alberta.
“Eating habits, physicalinactivity and an unhealthyweight contribute to aboutone in every six cases ofcancer in the province,” saysKlein. “They also affect
CHANGE links people at risk of chronic disease with a registered dietitian and an exercise specialist.