Expert Alert - School's out - run out and play to kick the bulge - CIHR-funded experts available to comment on the launch today of "Active Healthy Kids Canada's 2007 Report Card" at the "International Conference on Physical Activity and Obesity in Children" in Toronto, June 24-27, 2007



    OTTAWA, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Kids are getting bigger. One in three
Canadian children is either overweight or obese. As we head into the dog days
of summer, many parents are concerned about keeping their kids active.
Inactivity and childhood obesity have high costs for the health-care system -
one in three children born after 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes.
    Toronto is hosting the International Conference on Physical Activity and
Obesity in Children from June 24-27, 2007. Concurrently, Active Healthy Kids
Canada's 2007 Report Card will be launched today, June 27, 2007. Research
experts funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) are
available to comment on childhood obesity and the latest research into
physical activity and nutrition.

    
    Experts:
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      Winning the battle against the bulge starts with imagination: cutting
      wait times by trimming our waist lines
      Dr. Diane Finegood, Scientific Director of CIHR'S Institute on
      Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (Burnaby, BC)

      Do genetics and the environment influence children's food intake and
      body weight?
      Dr. Lise Dubois, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of Ottawa
      (Ottawa, Ontario)

      A call to all schools - How to get kids to eat less:
      environmental/physiological factors regulating energy intake
      Nicola Bellissimo, CIHR-funded research from University of Toronto
      (Toronto, Ontario)

      The Canadian "Learning to be Active" School Study (CLASS): childhood
      obesity from a physical activity perspective
      Dr. Claire-Marie Leblanc, CIHR-Funded researcher from the Children's
      Hospital of Eastern Ontario (Ottawa, Ontario);
      Dr. Mark Tremblay, CIHR-Funded researcher from the Children's Hospital
      of Eastern Ontario (Ottawa, Ontario)

      Reducing obesity through culturally sensitive, long-term community base
      programs aimed at Aboriginal people
      Dr. Karen Chad, CIHR-funded researcher from the University of
      Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
    

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Canada's agency for health research. CIHR's mission is to create new
scientific knowledge and to catalyze its translation into improved health,
more effective health services and products, and a strengthened Canadian
health care system. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and
support to more than 10,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
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For further information:

For further information: For an interview: David Coulombe, CIHR Media
Specialist, Office: (613) 941-4563, Mobile: (613) 808-7526,
mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca; Ce document est également disponible en
français.


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