About Active Kids, Healthy Kids
Active Kids, Healthy Kids is a Canadian Paediatric Society program to engage health professionals in promoting healthy active living in their practices.
Physical inactivity and obesity among children and youth are growing problems in Canada. The prevalence of obesity has increased substantially over the last 25 years with as many as 26% of 2- to 17-year-olds being overweight and obese. A lack of regular physical activity and excessive sedentary behaviour are important determinants of obesity and related chronic disease risk. In fact, many children and youth are not active enough for optimal growth and development.
Over the last decade progress has been made to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity, but there is still more to be done. Health professionals play an important role in helping children, youth and families establish and maintain healthy habits, especially during the early years of life.
How the materials were developed
In 2012, the Canadian Paediatric Society assembled an advisory committee of health professionals from across Canada to provide guidance and advice on program development.
In 2013, the CPS collaborated with the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario to examine the awareness and use of the Canadian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines among Canadian paediatricians. Survey results demonstrated a need for strategies to increase awareness of the guidelines and reduce perceived barriers.
The CPS then developed a series of tools (videos, a guide for clinicians, posters, prescription pad) for health professionals, as well as resources for parents. We also revised a training program for paediatric and family medicine residents, first developed in 2004-2005.
During the development process, materials were tested with paediatricians, family physicians and parents and caregivers, and were refined based on their feedback.
The program was launched in October 2013.
The CPS is pleased to have the support of the following organizations for this project:
Production of Active Kids, Healthy Kids has been made possible through funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada. The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the view of the Public Health Agency of Canada
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