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Giving Kids a Healthier Start

Expert Advice to Guide New Ontario Government Initiatives to Reduce Childhood Obesity

The new Ontario government is taking action to give young people a healthier start in life. 

Today, the Healthy Kids Panel presented its recommendations to help improve the health of children in Ontario. The recommendations will inform the government's next steps to reduce childhood obesity, as set out in the province's Action Plan for Health Care. 

The panel drew from a broad range of experts, engaging health care leaders, non-profit organizations, academia, and industry in developing evidence-based and cost-effective ways to reduce childhood obesity.

Recommendations from the panel focus on:

  • Starting all kids on the path to health by enhancing pre-natal care for families and promoting breastfeeding
  • Changing the food environment to increase the availability of healthy choices and expand nutrition programs in schools
  • Building healthy communities that encourage healthy eating and active living

As a first step, the government is striking an inter-ministerial working group, chaired by Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Teresa Piruzza, Minister of Children and Youth Services to direct government action on implementing the panel's recommendations. 

Giving Ontario's children the best and healthiest start in life is part of the new Ontario government's commitment to health promotion, patient centred care and building a fair society.

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