The Sandbox Project Inaugural Conference will foster collaboration and
knowledge sharing to drive action in areas of children and youth mental
health, injury prevention, healthy weights and the environment
MISSISSAUGA, ON , Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Today, The Sandbox Project's Inaugural
Annual Conference, titled "Action Through Collaboration", brought
together academic, industry, not-for-profit and government leaders who,
over the course of the day, collaborated to address key health issues
impacting Canadian children and youth. Expert speakers including, Dr.
Judith Bossé, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Public Health
Agency of Canada, Dr. Stan Kutcher, internationally renowned children's
mental health expert, nutritionist and author Rose Reisman, and Olympic
champion kayaker Adam van Koeverden.
The conference of over 250 participants was hosted by Microsoft Canada
at the company's Canadian headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario.
"Children's health is a pillar of Microsoft Canada's Citizenship program
and as such we were happy to host this important event," said Gavin
Thompson, Director, Corporate Citizenship, Microsoft Canada. "Through
initiatives like Child Life Interactive Computers for Kids (CLICK),
Microsoft is committed to working with health professionals in
children's hospitals across the country, providing technology that
enables kids to stay connected, brings fun into the hospital and
inspires them to think creatively."
"Ensuring the health and wellness of our children is more than simply
the right thing to do; it is critically important for our long-term
well-being as a country. Bringing leaders from all sectors together,
"to play together" in the same sandbox, is crucial to driving social
behaviour change and generating good public policy for Canadian
children and parents," said Dr. Kellie Leitch, a paediatric,
orthopaedic surgeon at The Hospital for Sick Children and founder of
The Sandbox Project.
The Sandbox Project will launch dynamic project teams with students,
representatives from government, industry and academia to investigate
the opportunities brought forth during the conference. Having
researched these healthcare issues over a 12-month period, project
teams will return to the 2012 Sandbox Project Conference with a plan to
implement these policy ideas and best practices across Canada.
"Injury remains the leading cause of death and serious injury for
Canadian children. The Sandbox Project's collaborative, action
oriented approach to injury prevention may be the single most important
opportunity to work with all sectors to improve the safety of our
children, and the health and well being of future generations," stated
Dr. Anne Snowden, Professor at the Odette School of Business and
leading researcher in children's injury prevention.
Registered Nutritionist and author of The Art of Living Well, Rose Reisman commented that, "The Sandbox Project is one of Canada's
true endeavours to discuss the seriousness of child obesity and
formulate concrete and practical solutions to this chronic and critical
The Sandbox Project fosters collaboration among leading Canadian
experts, translating that knowledge through the development of
interactive tools, social media and best practices by building
partnerships between parents, academic leaders, industry, and
governments to help make Canada the healthiest place on earth for
children and youth to grow up.
"Focused, evidence driven investment in improving the lives of children
and their families is a fundamental action that Canada must take to
improve our civic, social and economic present and future. We owe it
to our young people, our children and our grandchildren to do all that
we can to try and make sure that the world that they inherit is worth
inheriting," concluded Dr. Stan Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in
Adolescent Mental Health.
The Sandbox Project was created to respond to recent and startling
research reported by Dr. Kellie Leitch in her report "Reaching for the
Top" on behalf of the Government of Canada in 2007/2008. The report can
be found at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/alt_formats/hpb-dgps/pdf/child-enfant/2007-advisor-conseillere/advisor-conseillere-eng.pdf
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