Back to School - Helping kids make healthy choices

OTTAWA, Aug. 24, 2016 /CNW/ - For many children, going back to school represents newfound independence. As they begin new grades, children are given the freedom to make more of their own choices, from what sports they want to play to what they want to eat for lunch. But how can parents ensure that their growing children are making healthy choices?

What influences children to develop unhealthy behaviors like physical inactivity and poor eating? How can we reduce these risks, and encourage our youth to remain healthy as they get older?

CIHR-funded researcher Dr. Louise Masse is currently researching the impact of transitioning to secondary school on children, and is available to discuss what factors might lead adolescents to engage in unhealthy behaviors related to obesity.

To book an interview with Dr. Masse, please contact:

David Coulombe
Media Relations
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is the Government of Canada's health research investment agency. CIHR's mission is to create new scientific knowledge and to enable its translation into improved health, more effective health services and products, and a strengthened health care system for Canadians. Composed of 13 Institutes, CIHR provides leadership and support to more than 13,000 health researchers and trainees across Canada.

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SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research

For further information: David Coulombe, Media Relations, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 613-941-4563,


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