TELUS and ACTI-MENU join forces for the Quit to Win! Challenge and 5/30 Health and Wellness Challenge
MONTREAL, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - TELUS and ACTI-MENU today announced they will help Quebecers take charge of their health in the New Year by launching two mobile applications: Help me Quit! and 30mobile. Designed by TELUS and available on all networks, these two applications will support Quebecers as they quit smoking and track their daily physical activity. Now available on Apple, BlackBerry and Android mobile devices or at telus.com/30mobile and telus.com/helpmequit, they are free for download for participants in the Quit to Win! Challenge and the 5⁄30 Health and Wellness Challenge.
"At TELUS, we believe technology can be a powerful tool to help everyone who wants to take charge of their health and adopt a healthy lifestyle," said Paul Lepage, senior vice-president, TELUS Health Solutions. "Studies show that the use of mobility significantly increases the success rates of participants wishing to improve their lifestyle. With the Help me Quit! and 30mobile applications, participants can take action to improve their lifestyles while enjoying all the benefits of mobility. This is one more step in our journey to help modernize health care in Canada through innovative technologies."
Participants of the Quit to Win! Challenge and anyone who downloads the Help me Quit! application can create a group of supporters who can then cheer them on through the process. Participants can also share their victories and their struggles with supporters who in turn can send messages congratulating and encouraging them.
The 30mobile application for the 5⁄30 Health and Wellness Challenge tracks the physical activity of participants to evaluate and assess the results of their efforts. Whether as part of sports or daily activities, the integrated pedometer can calculate the number of calories burned, the distance and duration of the activity. Starting March 1st and continuing throughout the 5⁄30 Health and Wellness Challenge participants will also receive daily messages of encouragement to help them stay focused on their resolution and achieve their health goals.
"At ACTI-MENU, we believe that every person can have a significant influence on their health and quality of life by adopting preventive behaviors and making good choices in terms of their lifestyle," says Dr. Louis Gagnon, co-president of ACTI-MENU. "We are thrilled about our partnership with TELUS, a company that shares this vision. These two new applications are additional tools that will help Canadians take charge of their health."
For more information about the Quit to Win! Challenge and 5⁄30 Health and Wellness Challenge please consult HealthChallenge.ca and QuitChallenge.ca. To download the applications or learn more about the Help me Quit! and 30mobile applications powered by TELUS, please visit telus.com/30mobile and telus.com/helpmequit.
ABOUT TELUS Health Solutions
TELUS Health Solutions is a leader in telehealth, electronic health records, remote patient monitoring, mobile home and community care, consumer health, benefits management and pharmacy management. Our solutions give health authorities, providers, primary care physicians, patients and consumers the power to enhance decision making and improve outcomes for Canadians. TELUS Health Solutions is transforming how information is used across the continuum of care from hospital to home with solutions that foster collaboration, drive prevention and empower care teams and patients. TELUS Health Solutions is Canada's leading Healthcare IT Company as cited by the Branham Group for five years and for being honoured as the ITAC Health Company of the Year (2008) and Health Transformation Company of the Year (2009).
TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.3 billion of annual revenue and 12.6 million customer connections including 7.2 million wireless subscribers, 3.6 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 450,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, entertainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed $245 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.1 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Eleven TELUS Community Boards across Canada lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.
ACTI-MENU is a social enterprise wholly owned by three foundations: Fondation Prévention Santé Intégrale, Fondation ÉPIC, and Fondation de l'Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont. ACTI-MENU develops its programs and services in partnership with such prestigious institutions as the Montreal Heart Institute and Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont.
ACTI-MENU provides the general public, organizations and their staff, as well as health care professionals and their patients, with information, tools, and support that will encourage individuals to look after their own mental and psychological health, and encourage the creation of social and physical environments that promote healthy behaviours.
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