Priority Populations, Children 0 -12, Youth 13-19, Adults 20-55, Senior / Elders 55+, Women, Men, Aboriginal People, People with HIV/AIDS, Visible Minority Groups, Multi-Cultural Communities, Francophone, People in Remote, Rural Northern Communities, Disabled, Homeless

Obesity and the Impact of Marketing on Children: Developing an Intersectoral Policy Consensus Conference


I Introduction
II Background
III Marketing to Children
IV About the Conference
V CDPAC position statement
VI Lessons learned

--submitted by Manuel Arango, conference co-chair and Assistant Director, Health Policy (Government Relations & Advocacy), Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Active Healthy Kids Canada has released its fifth Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. This year, the focus of the report is on the important role physical activity plays in facilitating learning and academic performance. Children and youth who are more physically active showed improved memory, concentration and attention span - leading to better results in school.

The report card also highlights inequities in physical activity - especially for low-income children and youth and those with disabilities.

Some findings to note are:

Resources from Statscan

 Shields, M. (July 2005). Overweight Canadian Children and Youth, Nutrition: Findings from the Canadian Community Health Survey. Retrieved July 22, 2005.

Tjepkema, M. (July 2005). Adult Obesity in Canada: Measured Height and Weight and Overweight Canadian Children and Youth, Nutrition: Findings from the Canadian Community Health Survey. Retrieved July 22, 2005.

From "Fat Nation" to Healthy Active Cultures

I Introduction

II Bodies at Risk, Fat Stats and Fostering Fear

III A Culture of Activity Case Study: Ophea's Living School Initiative

IV Conclusion

V References

-- by Margaret MacNeill, PhD, Centre for Girls' and Women's Health and Physical Activity, Faculty of PE & Health, University of Toronto, [email protected]

Margaret MacNeill, is an associate professor at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Physical Education and Health. She is also cross appointed to Public Health Sciences where she teaches health communication. Her current research interests include youth understandings of fitness and health, active media literacy, and media productions of obesity narratives and health scares.

Related Journal Articles

Type of Resource: Article
 Bray, G.A. (2003). Evaluation of obesity, Who are the obese?, Postgraduate Medicine, 114 (6), 19-27, 38.

Evans, J. (2003). Physical education and health: A polemic or 'let them eat cake!', European Physical Education Review. 9(1), 87-101.

Flegal, K.M. Graubard, B.I., Williamson, D.F., & Gail, M.H. (2005). Excess deaths associated with underweight, overweight, and obesity, Journal of American Medical Association, 293, 15, 1861-1867.

Halting the obesity epidemic: A public health policy approach

 Nestle, M. and Jacobson, M.F. (Jan/Feb 2000).Public Health Reports, Vol. 115, 12-25.

"The paper, "Halting the Obesity Epidemic: A Public Health Policy Approach," urges legislators, researchers, educators, businesses, urban planners, transportation experts, and nonprofit groups to approach obesity in a more creative way and to take immediate action. Specific recommendations include:
* Mounting large scale mass-media campaigns to promote healthier diets and physical activity;

Related OHPE Bulletins

 Obesity and Body Image
* Obesity, OHPE Bulletin 243.1, January 25, 2002,
* Promoting Healthy Body Image in Girls and Women, OHPE Bulletin 143.1, February 11, 2000,

Healthy Schools

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