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Influenza and other respiratory viruses continue to cause substantial morbidity, mortality, and societal disruption. The Flu and Other Respiratory Viruses Research (FOREVER) Cohort features individual-level linkage of respiratory virus testing results from 11 Public Health Ontario and eight academic hospital-based laboratories with an extensive array of health administrative databases held at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). This presentation will cover the creation of the FOREVER Cohort and describe how this data- sharing tool can be used for the assessment of influenza vaccine effectiveness and other purposes.
It is well-known that sleeping well, reducing screen time, moving more, and a balanced diet are contributing factors to good health. These behaviours are not only associated with positive physical and mental health outcomes, but also interact with and influence one another. This interaction is important and suggests that the more “good behaviours” one can include over a period of 24 hours (and sustain over time), the greater the benefits for health and wellness. It is time that we embrace a holistic approach to health, one that integrates multiple behaviours rather than working in silos and promoting single lifestyle behaviours. This session will present the evidence supporting the following key strategies for better overall health: (1) some physical activity is good, more is better, everything counts; (2) sleep is not a waste of time; (3) electronic screen devices should not be used one hour before bedtime; (4) make room for play; and (5) have fun!
Presenter: Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput
Dr. Chaput is a Research Scientist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. His research focuses on obesity prevention and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. He is also interested in new determinants of obesity such as lack of sleep and mental stress.
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