The promotion of healthy weights in children and youth is a major priority in Ontario. Evidence shows that there is a reciprocal relationship between mental health and weight. Research also indicates that best practices for promoting both healthy weights and mental health at the public health level are not well known. Public health units in Ontario routinely embed mental health promotion goals into activities to address healthy weights. This was a key finding in the 2013 report, Connecting the Dots: How Ontario Public Health Units are Addressing Child and Youth Mental Health, co-led by Public Health Ontario (PHO), the CAMH Health Promotion Resource Centre (HPRC) and Toronto Public Health (TPH).
To further explore this issue, PHO and the CAMH HPRC are hosting a FREE one-day knowledge exchange forum on Tuesday March 24, 2015 in Toronto from 8:30 AM – 4 PM as part of The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC).
The objectives of this forum are to:
- Explore the intersection of public health activities that promote mental health and healthy weights in children and youth
- Consider the role of health equity when working to promote mental health and healthy weights. A special presentation by CAMH scientist Dr. Ed Adlaf will share new findings from the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health
- Survey on the relationship between health inequities and health and mental health outcomes in Ontario students.
- Showcase the work of Ontario public health units in promoting mental health and healthy weights, including how they define their role in addressing mental health
- Share tools, research and methods, and practical skills and strategies to facilitate the work of Ontario public health units and their partners in this area
Who Should Participate?
- Public health managers and directors working in child health, family health, chronic disease and injury prevention, school health, and mental health
- Public health stakeholders who have the ability to inspire and inform decision-makers in their health unit about approaches to addressing both healthy weights and mental health
- As space is limited, registration is only open to staff working in Ontario public health units
- registration for TOPHC is not required
To register for this event, please click here. For more information, please contact Monica Nunes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-535-8501 ext. 33935.