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Convention: The Healthy Children Forum: Applying Evidence to Local Action for Healthy Weights (Day 1)
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 08:00 am to 05:30 pm
Venue: Chestnut Conference Centre, located at 89 Chestnut St. in Toronto
Health Promotion
City: Toronto
Format: In Person
Join us to explore opportunities for the local application of evidence to prevent childhood obesity.  Hosted by Public Health Ontario, The Healthy Children Forum will take place at the Chestnut Conference Centre on January 22 and 23, 2014, in Toronto.
The forum will bring together over 250 delegates from public health unit staff, their community partners, researchers, and representatives from Public Health Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
We will explore program and policy opportunities related to: 
  • Measuring and monitoring
  • Food and beverage environments
  • Physical activity environments
  • Whole of community approaches
 Presentations and panel discussions will showcase international, national and local initiatives.

Presenter: Various

 Various regional, national and international presenters will be speaking about the application of their research related to promoting childhood healthy weights.  

Learning objectives 

  • Gain knowledge about the most current evidence around childhood healthy weights.
  • Gain knowledge about innovative ways the evidence is being applied in Ontario and beyond.
  • Expand your network of people working in the area of childhood healthy weights.
  • Increase your capacity to apply the evidence to local policy and programming.


Frequently Asked Questions 

The forum will be held on Wednesday January 22 and Thursday January 23, 2014 at the Chestnut Conference Centre, located at 89 Chestnut St. in Toronto. The conference starts at 8:30 am and ends at 5:00 pm on both days with an optional networking event starting at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.
The forum will explore program and policy opportunities related to:
  •  Measuring and monitoring
  •  Food and beverage environments
  •  Physical activity environments
  •  Whole of community approaches

Presentations and panel discussions will showcase international, national and local initiatives.

Featured speakers currently include:  
  • Dr. Jean-Michel Borys: EPODE European Network Director & EPODE International Network, General Secretary
  • Dr. Lawrence  Green: chair of the IOM's Committee on Evaluating Progress of Obesity Prevention Efforts
  • Dr. Kim Raine : director of the research program Promoting Optimal Weights through Ecological Research (POWER)
  • Dr. Steven Kelder: one of the lead investigators of Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH)
  • Dr. Ian Janssen: Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity and Obesity
 A tentative agenda is available below.
This event is free to attend for all registrants.
Until November 15, 2013, five spaces will be reserved for each Ontario Public Health Unit, for use by health unit staff or community partners. Please work with your Health Promotion and Chronic Disease departments to choose your delegates.
Please note that after November 15, 2013, all unused designated health unit spaces will be made available to other delegates. Changes can be made to delegate names until January 6, 2014.
This event is targeted to health unit leadership and staff and community partners who work in the program areas of child and youth health. This includes Medical Officers of Health, family health directors and managers, health promotion managers, epidemiologists, public health nurses, dietitians, health educators/promoters and child/youth program staff.  
Yes you may send a different delegate on day two to replace the delegate sent on day one. However you will only receive one delegate package per spot so please coordinate within your health unit.
Yes. Breakfast, lunch and a midday snack will be provided to all delegates at the forum
For those who require overnight accommodation, rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Downtown have been reserved for the forum for the nights of Tuesday, January 21st and Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at a special rate of $143.00 plus taxes.
If you are travelling from outside the GTA, please be sure to book your room as soon as possible and no later than Friday, December 20th, 2013. After this date, we cannot guarantee the special room rate or room availability.
To book your room*, please follow the following instructions:
  • Reservations should be made directly with the Doubletree Hilton Hotel at 416-599-0555 or toll free at 1-800-668-6600. Reservations can also be made via email at Reservations must be prepaid in full at the time of booking.
  •  Please quote "Public Health Ontario - Healthy Weights for Children Forum" when booking in order to obtain the special group rate of $143.00/night.
  •  All reservations must be made by Friday, December 20, 2013 to be guaranteed both availability and rate.
  •  The hotel is located at 108 Chestnut Street in Toronto, Ontario.
  •  CANCELLATION POLICY - The guest must provide a credit card for the first nights room and tax. If the reservation is cancelled within three days of arrival, the one night room and tax will be charged to the client's card.

*please note, PHO is not responsible for charges related to hotel reservations or cancellations. This is the sole responsibility of the attendee.

 For more information on the hotel, please click here
The Chestnut Conference Centre is located at 89 Chestnut St, Toronto.  It is south of Dundas Street on the east side of Chestnut Street.
By Air
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Ground transportation from the airport is available via taxi or limousine as you exit the identified doors on the airport's arrivals level. The estimated fare is approximately $45 (one way). There is a Pacific Western Airport Express shuttle, which departs every 30 minutes and drops you off at Chestnut Street. The cost is approximately $22 per person (one way). Tickets can be purchased from the shuttle driver or on their website:
Toronto Island Airport (Billy Bishop Airport)
The passenger ferry crosses the channel from the airport every 15 minutes. Taxis are available on the mainland and it is a short taxi ride to downtown Toronto.
By Train
VIA Rail or GO Transit
The VIA Rail and GO Transit both travel to Toronto Union Station.
Reservations can be online at: or
From union station, either a taxi of the subway can be used to get to the conference centre. 
By Subway
From Union Station
Take the train northbound to St. Patrick Station or Dundas Station.
From Bloor/Yonge Station or St. George Station
Take the train southbound to Dundas Station or St. Patrick Station.
From Dundas Station
Walking west on Dundas Street, Chestnut Street is at the 2nd set of lights west of Yonge Street.
Time: 5 – 7 minute walk
From St. Patrick Station
Walking east on Dundas Street, Chestnut is at the 1st set of lights east of University Avenue.
Time: 2 – 5 minute walk

Day 1 

 Day 2



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