Do Something on Family Day that Will Make a Difference for Future Generations

Dedicate 20 minutes on February 21 to the Ontario Health Study

TORONTO, February 17, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - What better way to celebrate Family Day on February 21 than to do something that will help make a big difference to future generations of Ontarians? While you're enjoying your day off with your family, set aside a little time to fill out the Ontario Health Study's online questionnaire. It's easy and quick, and your participation will help improve the future of health care for you, your family and friends.

Every Ontario resident aged 18 and older is invited to participate in the Study, the largest long-term, community-based health Study ever undertaken in Canada. It only takes 20 to 30 minutes to sign up for and complete the online questionnaire at

By filling out the online questionnaire - and consenting to occasional follow-up questionnaires - you will be sharing valuable information that could help guide researchers in the development of strategies to prevent and treat diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, Alzheimer's disease and depression.

In fact, past population-based health studies led to the discovery of the link between smoking and cancer and the link between obesity and heart disease. As of early February, more than 18,000 Ontarians aged 18 to 95 have already participated in the Ontario Health Study. By joining, you can help build the healthy communities of tomorrow and improve health care for future generations of Ontarians.

The Ontario Health Study has been initially funded by four organizations: the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, Cancer Care Ontario, the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion, and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. The Ontario Health Study is also a participating study of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, which consists of a further four regional studies across Canada. Discover more at