Patient-Friendly Portal for Choosing Wisely Canada

Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) has been on a roll lately with some exciting initiatives, including reaching out and empowering medical students to be leaders for change.

They've also just launched the patient-focussed part of the website, started ramping up the 10 million challenge, and upped the PR push to advocate for culture change with the slogan "More is not always better."

I love that the campaign is growing beyond creating lists about unnecessary and harmful tests and treatments, and blossoming into a strong organization that is beginning to tackle some of the drivers of overtesting and overtreating at the root of the problem.

I always worried that CWC wouldn't do enough "big picture" stuff, but I am so very glad to be proven wrong!


Check out the new patient portal or join the 10 million challenge, a Canada-wide collective action initiative to help prevent 10 million unnecessary tests and treatments by the year 2020. And, keep a close eye on Choosing Wisely Canada because I have a feeling there's a lot more to come!


How to Get Kids to Eat Their Vegetables

Sometimes simple intervention can create massive improvements in health.

This article in Modern Farmer shows how a small change to routine can get kids to eat healthier foods by challenging the traditional learn-lunch-recess-learn model of midday scheduling in elementary school.

If we let go of the traditions that have us (arbitrarily) doing something a certain way, it opens up a lot of possibilities. Is this a perfect solution for childhood obesity and unhealthy diets? Maybe not, but it sure makes me consider if there are other parts of a child's (or adult's) routine that are worth re-inventing. 

Creative thinking is an essential part of "Less is More in Medicine" thinking. Some lament finite resources, but such situations force us to use careful thought and to challenge assumptions rather than throwing more money and resources at a problem.

"Necessity is the mother of all invention" so maybe accepting and realizing the crisis (eg. 31% of Canadian kids between 5 - 17 years old are overweight or obese), we'll get a little more clever about tackling it!