On January 22 and 23, over 250 participants representing most of Ontario’s public health units joined PHO for the Healthy Children Forum: Applying Evidence to Local Action for Healthy Weights. The forum provided Ontario’s public health community with an opportunity to hear from local, national, and international experts about programs and approaches they use in their respective communities to address childhood obesity, and to collaborate on how to implement these programs in Ontario public health units.
Childhood healthy weights and childhood obesity have been identified as major priorities in many jurisdictions. In Ontario, the provincial government has set an ambitious goal to reduce childhood obesity by 20 per cent over five years. In support, Public Health Ontario developed a comprehensive primer of scientific evidence and data to inform the work of Ontario’s Healthy Kids Panel
and its resulting No Time to Wait: the Healthy Kids Strategy
. This primer resulted in PHO's October 2013 release of Addressing Obesity in Children and Youth: Evidence to Guide Action in Ontario
. The Healthy Children Forum was another important PHO contribution towards achieving this goal.
The forum centred around five themes, which align with the goals and recommendations of No Time to Wait: the Healthy Kids Strategy.
- Measuring and Monitoring: Learning for Action
- Food and Beverage Environment: Learning for Action
- Taking Action from the Start: The Early Years
- Whole of Community Approaches: Learning for Action
- Physical Activity Environment: Learning for Action.
In case you missed the forum or you just have to go back and see one of the presentations again, we have made them all available here for you.
Measuring and Monitoring: Learning for Action
Food and Beverage Environment: Learning for Action
Taking Action From The Start: The Early Years
Whole of Community Approaches: Learning for Action
Physical Activity Environment: Learning for Action
The Healthy Children Forum got social
In addition to all of the in-person opportunities for collaboration, forum attendees were also encouraged to join the conversation on Twitter using the official event hashtag #HCforum. Over the course of the two day event, there were over 500 forum-related tweets. Search for the hashtag on Twitter and you'll be able to see all of the interesting conversations that went on.