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This week in health: Sugary drink dangers and healthy convenience food

Looking to keep up with the latest health news? Stay informed with our regular roundup of health articles from around the web.

New resource to accelerate chronic disease research
Researchers will gain new insight into why some people are at higher risk of developing chronic diseases including heart disease, stroke and dementia thanks to a groundbreaking new resource, co-funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Healthier convenience food
Toronto convenience store owners are swapping candy bars for fresh produce, as part of a pilot project that aims to make healthy foods more accessible.

Sugary drinks linked to thousands of deaths
A new study finds that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to nearly 1,600 Canadian deaths  annually. HSF’s new sugar position statement also advises that sugar sweetened beverages are the single largest contributor of sugar in the diet.

Related: 8 simple ways to eat less sugar 

Protecting against heart failure
Nearly 500,000 Canadians are living with heart failure and another 50,000 people will be diagnosed this year. But a new study suggests that adopting a healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing the condition by half.

Related: Could you use an exercise prescription?

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