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One of Canada’s Largest Health Studies Seeks Participants

Residents Invited to Book an Appointment Online and Contribute to a Healthier Future

Sault Ste. Marie—August 16, 2016. The Ontario Health Study (OHS) invites local residents to participate in a long-term health research study and learn more about their health at the Sault Ste. Marie Study Centre, September 14th, at the LifeLabs located in the Cambrian Mall at 44 Great Northern Road.

The Sault Ste. Marie Study Centre encourages area residents, aged 30-74 years, to complete a short online questionnaire and provide a blood sample that will enable researchers to better understand what affects our health and quality of life.

The Study is supported by Algoma Public Health. According to Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Alex Hukowich - "It is always important to get more information as to the factors relating to people's health. I have been a participant myself and encourage others to sign up."

"LifeLabs is proud to work in partnership with the Ontario Health Study to build a healthier Ontario," said Pierre Bou-Mansour, Chief Operating Officer at LifeLabs. "We encourage the residents of Sault Ste. Marie, and all Ontarians, to visit one of our convenient locations to give a sample and participate in a vital study that will help shape the future of our health care system."

Getting started:

Becoming involved is simple and straightforward. Each participant will receive a comprehensive blood analysis report of where their personal health falls within a reference range.

• Participants who have already completed the OHS questionnaire online will receive an email invitation to take part.

• New participants can visit www.ontariohealthstudy.ca/Sault to register and complete the online questionnaire. It only takes about an hour.

• Schedule an appointment using the online booking tool and visit the Sault Ste. Marie Study Centre. Early morning and evening appointments are available.

• To talk with an OHS staff member call 1-866-606-0686 or email info@ontariohealthstudy.ca.

Study Centre location and hours of operation:

LifeLabs, 44 Great Northern Road (Cambrian Mall) Wednesday September 14, 7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

More than 235,000 Ontarians have taken the Ontario Health Study’s online questionnaire. Results from the Study may help improve the prevention and diagnosis of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

"The information provided in the OHS questionnaire by participants gives us an overall snapshot of the health of Ontarians as well as their exposure to common risk factors," says Dr. Philip Awadalla, Executive Scientific Director of the OHS. "Combining questionnaire responses with a blood sample provided at the Sault Ste. Marie Study Centre allows us to get a more detailed look at their health. These data allow researchers to draw comprehensive conclusions about the health of the overall population."

The OHS is just one piece of an even larger national effort called the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP). The CPTP consists of the OHS and four other regional studies: The BC Generations Project, Alberta’s Tomorrow Project, Quebec’s CARTaGENE and the Atlantic PATH. Nationally, the CPTP has more than 300,000 participants and more than 125,000 have provided a blood sample.

If you have any questions, speak to an OHS staff member by emailing info@ontariohealthstudy.ca or calling 1-866-606-0686.

The OHS follows strict privacy practices that govern how personal information is collected, who can see it and how it can be used.

Did you know that you can book your appointment online?

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