Medavie Health Foundation

Responding to our society’s growing burden of chronic disease, Medavie Health Foundation is partnering with Toronto Rehab to advance important innovations in rehabilitation and preventative medicine.

Chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease and cancer are the cause of one death every five minutes. To provide the necessary health information and support for at-risk Canadians to take control of their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic disease, Medavie is partnering with Toronto Rehab on ACCELERATION 2.0: an e-health solution that will include online coaching and tailored exercise plans.

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ACCELERATION 2.0 is founded on the pan-Canadian clinical research study that addressed health behaviours known to contribute to 70% of all chronic diseases: physical inactivity, smoking, inadequate consumption of fruits and vegetables, and alcohol in excess.

Led by Toronto Rehab’s Dr. Paul Oh, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute / UHN and a leading expert on the role of exercise in rehabilitation, the four-year $750,000 initiative builds on the initial $75,000 investment provided by Medavie Blue Cross in support of the 2013-2016 ACCELERATION chronic disease and lifestyle research study.  Learn more 

Through this study, we have found that by targeting at-risk Canadians, we are helping them achieve better health while extending their life expectancy by 1.25 years. The extra 1.25 years is well spent by spending time with family, friends and loved ones.

“Chronic disease management presents significant challenges to the healthcare system and to those living with a chronic illness,” says Bernard Lord, CEO, Medavie. “Working with Toronto Rehab, we’re able to support an innovative, evidenced-based program that is helping people achieve their health and wellness goals, with a goal of chronic disease prevention, and live their best lives.”

We thank Medavie Health Foundation for their incredible partnership that is helping Toronto Rehab empower people with the motivation and tools to live better.

In photo at ACCELERATION 2.0 announcement December 5, 2017(left-right): Cindy Yelle, President & CEO, Toronto Rehab Foundation; Bernard Lord, CEO, Medavie; Dr. Paul Oh, Medical Director, Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute/UHN; Patty Faith, Executive Director, Medavie Health Foundation, and Michael Eizenga, Board Member, Toronto Rehab Foundation.
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