My resolution for 2020? Improved health for Pontiac

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I recently learned through a CISSSO communiqué that the Pontiac has one of the worst states of health in the Outaouais and the province with lower life expectancy and higher rates of respiratory and circulatory problems, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

I recently learned through a CISSSO communiqué that the Pontiac has one of the worst states of health in the Outaouais and the province with lower life expectancy and higher rates of respiratory and circulatory problems, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Much has been said about service interruptions and lack of staff at the Pontiac Community Hospital. It’s a serious issue and I hope to see solutions in 2020. There’s talk about bringing back local management and taking positive steps to address nursing shortages and working conditions.
Our healthcare and support of staff in the hospital and CLSC’s are vitally
important for the well-being of those working there and the population they serve, but we can reduce the need for these medical services by focusing on preventative measures.
I’ve lived in the Pontiac since 2012 and many people have said to me that there’s
no place to exercise. It’s proven that with exercise comes a focus on better eating habits: two important factors in boosting overall health.
CISSSO has said the Pontiac’s new Wellness Centre (with pool and gym) is
vitally important now to improve our current health situation. There’s no better time for this facility and nothing more important – without our health, we have nothing.
We need to be healthy in order to revitalize the Pontiac, improve our economy and have a strong workforce.

Jane Toller
MRC Pontiac Warden