How to Improve the Health of Low-Income Children: C.D. Howe Institute

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ - Improving the health of children in low-income
families, which is chronically worse than that of richer children, requires
well-targeted policy reforms, according to a study released today by the C.D.
Howe Institute. In Good Health to All: Reducing Health Inequalities among
Children in High- and Low-Income Canadian Families, C.D. Howe Research Fellow
Claire de Oliveira identifies the policies that would, for families across
different income groups, best address inequality in the health of children.
    Dr. de Oliveira finds that the health and education of parents play a
more significant role in determining children's health status than household
income. Moreover, since large transfers of income to relatively poor
households would be needed to have a substantial impact on children's health
outcomes, such income-related policies should be de-emphasized in favour of
in-kind transfers of goods and services from the provinces.
    Specific recommendations include:
    -  implementing policies that improve and promote the health of parents
       and the awareness of healthy lifestyles;
    -  evaluating the implementation of in-kind transfers - healthy
       breakfasts and lunches, for example - through the school system; and,
    -  making children, rather than their parents - where possible - the
       direct recipients of in-kind transfers.

    The benefits of improving children's health, she notes, are long-lasting
for the children - and for Canada's economy.
    For the study click here.

For further information:

For further information: Claire de Oliveira, C.D. Howe Research Fellow,
(416) 865-1904

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