International leaders critique health promotion at world conference in Vancouver, Canada

    VANCOUVER, June 5 /CNW/ - From international leaders to grassroots
educators, over 3,000 experts in health promotion are converging for the
largest conference of its kind at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition
Centre from June 10-15, 2007 in Canada.
    Presented every three years by the International Union for Health
Promotion and Education (IUHPE), the conference will review and critically
reassess health promotion's progress, and help set the course for new health
challenges in an increasingly globalized world. Cutting-edge research and
international success stories will be among the highlights of the conference.
    "The conference is a great platform to show that health promotion works,"
says Dr. Marcia Hills, conference chair and President of the local host
organization, the Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Research.
    "Whether it's obesity, diabetes or HIV/AIDS, health promotion allows us
to respond to today's major health issues and prepare for future challenges,"
she says. "Health promotion focuses on creating sustainable health systems and
empowering individuals and communities to take control of their own
    Over 450 scientific sessions, question and answer interactive panels and
presentations in English, French and Spanish cover all aspects of health
promotion, including addictions, aboriginal health, tobacco use, policy, food
supply, aging, and more.

    Distinguished speakers include:

    -   Stephen Lewis, Commissioner, World Health Organization Commission on
        Social Determinants of Health, and former UN Special Envoy for
        HIV/AIDS in Africa;

    -   Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo, Executive Director, African Institute for
        Health and Development;

    -   Dr. David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada

    -   David McQueen, Senior Biomedical Research Scientist, Centers for
        Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia;

    -   Maria Dolores Fernos, Women's Advocate, Office of the Women's
        Advocate, Puerto Rico; and

    -   Dr. Jeff Reading, Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health
        Research - Institute of Aboriginal Peoples' Health.

    The IUHPE is an independent global network working to promote health
worldwide and contribute to the achievement of equity in health between and
within countries.

For further information:

For further information: Media contacts and accreditation: Media
applications for accreditation will be accepted up to June 10, 2007; Leah
Lockhart or Maggie Kerr-Southin, Media Relations, P: (250) 595-0136, C: (250)

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