OTTAWA, June 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Sometimes a game of catch isn't always
just a game of catch. Quality time spent participating in physical
activity with your children not only allows for great memories, but
also sets a tone for a lifetime of physical activity. It's in small
ways like this that fathers contribute to the health of their children
while keeping themselves healthy.
In recognition of Father's Day, the following CIHR-supported researchers
are available to share their expertise and discuss recent evidence on
health issues related to fatherhood and men's health. A father is also
available to share his experience caring for his daughter who was born
Fathers, children and exercise: how fathers support the lifelong health
of their kids by encouraging them to be active in early childhood
Dr. Kristi Adamo (Ottawa, ON)
Dr. Adamo is leading the first study in Canada to look at how to
increase physical activity among preschoolers in daycare centres and
the role of parental involvement.
Read about the importance of promoting physical activity in the
preschool years in a paper published by Dr. Adamo.
Dads, diapers, baths and burping: how babies benefit from their fathers
care at the hospital and at home
Dr. Shoo Lee, Scientific Director, CIHR Institute of Human Development,
Child and Youth Health (Toronto, ON)
Dr. Bruno Piedboeuf (Quebec, QC)
Mr. Andy Fenton (Toronto, ON)
Dr. Lee has developed a Family Integrated Care model for use in the
neonatal intensive care unit that puts parents in charge of most of the
daily care of their babies. The model has shown to have a significant
positive impact on the baby's well-being. It is now being evaluated in
18 hospitals across Canada including the Centre mère-enfant of the CHU
de Québec where Dr. Piedboeuf is the site investigator. Mr. Fenton was
the first dad to participate in the Family Integrated Care program at
Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital when his wife gave birth to their
daughter at 27 weeks.
Read the results of a pilot study conducted by Dr. Lee.
Learn more about Mr. Fenton's experience.
Strength training for Super Dads: The best techniques for building
muscle and the health benefits for men
Dr. Stuart Phillips (Hamilton, ON)
Dr. Phillips, the father of three boys active in sports, has done
paradigm shifting research on weight training in men showing that
lifting light weights can produce the same results as heavy weights.
Read the results of Dr. Phillips' research.
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SOURCE: Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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