OTTAWA, Nov. 15 /CNW/ - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of
Health, today announced new initiatives for research on physical
activity and childhood obesity through the Canadian Institutes of
Health Research (CIHR).
"Our Government is committed to helping Canadians become healthier
through physical activity, eating well and maintaining a healthy
weight," said Minister Aglukkaq. "This research will help more children
become physically active and help us in our efforts to curb childhood
obesity in Canada."
Over the last 25 years, there has been an alarming rise in the
proportion of overweight and obese children. Obesity rates among
children and youth have nearly tripled during this period. It is an
issue that affects children everywhere in Canada. Like tobacco use,
obesity substantially increases the risk of developing some of the most
debilitating chronic diseases; obesity contributes to type 2 diabetes,
cancer and cardiovascular disease.
"Research plays a key role in developing sound policies and programs,"
said Dr. Nicole Letourneau, a member of CIHR's Governing Council and
the Canada Research Chair in Healthy Child Development at the
University of New Brunswick. "The work of the talented researchers
leading the projects announced today will support the development of
new policies, programs and strategies that promote healthy living."
Minister Aglukkaq also highlighted additional actions the Government of
Canada has taken to help Canadian children live healthy lifestyles
The Children's Fitness Tax Credit
Eat Well and Be Active Toolkit
The Eat Well and Be Active Educational Toolkit is a joint project between Health Canada and the Public Health Agency
of Canada. The Toolkit is designed to help health and education
specialists teach children and adults about healthy eating and physical
activity, and to encourage them to take action to maintain and improve
their health. It includes a poster and downloadable activity plans and
healthy eating and physical activity tips.
The Nutrition Facts Education Campaign
The Government of Canada and Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC)
are working together on the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign. This
campaign gives Canadians the information they need to make informed
food choices to maintain and improve their health. The multi-media
campaign helps consumers understand and use the information on the
Nutrition Facts table, and in particular, the % Daily Value. Using the
% Daily Value is a quick way for consumers to know if a packaged food
contains a little or a lot of a nutrient. This helps Canadians make
healthy food choices for themselves and their families.
About Canadian Institutes of Health Research For the past 10 years, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
has supported better health and health care for Canadians. As the
Government of Canada's health research investment agency, CIHR enables
the creation of evidence-based knowledge and its transformation into
improved treatments, prevention and diagnoses, new products and
services, and a stronger, patient-oriented health-care system. Composed
of 13 internationally recognized Institutes, CIHR supports more than
13,600 health researchers and trainees across Canada.
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The Government of Canada is working to help Canadians live healthy
lifestyles that include physical activity, healthy eating and
maintaining a healthy body weight. Our Government funds research,
develops educational resources, and works with provincial and
territorial governments as well as non-government partners to create
policies and programs that support health living.
Today, Minister Algukkaq announced support for nine research projects on
physical activity and childhood obesity, including:
Dr. Mark Beauchamp (University of British Columbia) will determine the
effect of a unique intervention designed to increase physical activity
Dr. Jonathan McGavock (University of Manitoba) will study the effect of
different exercise programs on the health of overweight youth at risk
for type 2 diabetes;
Dr. Sonia Anand (McMaster University) will study how body fat
accumulates in newborns of Indian ancestry in Canada and India;
Dr. Zubin Punthakee (McMaster University) and Dr. Scott Lear (Simon
Fraser University) will examine the determinants of obesity in Asian
Indian children living in Canada and India;
Dr. Lara Boyd (University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal
Health Research Institute) will study the effect of the combination of
brain stimulation and arm exercises on arm function in rehabilitation
Dr. Donna Goodwin (University of Alberta) will examine the experience of
disabled persons making the transition from rehabilitation to community
Dr. Marina Mourtzakis (University of Waterloo) will study the combined
benefits of nutrition and exercise for breast cancer patients
Dr. Michael Stickland (University of Alberta) will investigate the
physiological effect of exercise on patients with chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease; and,
Dr. John Tyberg (University of Calgary) will study the importance of
arterial reservoir in the distribution of blood to vital organs in the
body and how exercise affects the volume of this reservoir.
Promoting Healthy Living to Canadians
These are some of the ways that the Government is promoting the benefits
of healthy living to Canadians:
The Child Fitness Tax Credit
The Eat Well and Be Active Educational Toolkit is designed to help health and education specialists teach children and
adults about healthy eating and physical activity.
The Government of Canada and Food & Consumer Products of Canada are
working together on the Nutrition Facts Education Campaign, an initiative that will give Canadians the information they need to
make informed food choices to maintain and improve their health.
Canada's Physical Activity Guides provide information on how Canadians
can integrate healthy physical activity in their daily lives.
Setting targets for physical activity for children and youth, in
partnership with provinces and territories, and measuring progress
against targets through surveillance.
Funding to support a range of community-based programs and services such
as the Canadian Diabetes Strategy, Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative,
Healthy Living Fund, Aboriginal Head Start, the Community Action
Program for Children, Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, the Maternal
Child Health Program and renewal of the food mail program for northern
Committing to work with provincial and territorial governments, and
other sectors, on Curbing Childhood Obesity: An FPT Framework for Action to Promote
SOURCE Canadian Institutes of Health Research
For further information: For further information:
Jenny VanAlstyne, Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, 613-957-0200
David Coulombe, Media Relations, CIHR, 613-941-4563