and well-being of children and youth
Established in 2004, the Noni MacDonald Award is given annually in honour of the founding editor of Paediatrics & Child Health, the peer-reviewed journal of the Canadian Paediatric Society. It recognizes an author(s) whose article, published in the journal during the nomination year, has positively affected paediatrics, such as by raising awareness of an issue, presenting new scientific research, or instigating or potentially instigating change.
The recipient is awarded a Canadian work of art during the CPS Annual General Meeting in June.
Published in the March 2012 issue of Paediatrics & Child Health, this winning article clearly shows the importance of combining lifestyle changes with increased physical activity as an intervention for type 2 diabetes that does not involve medications.
The study reviewed 275 charts of youth diagnosed with T2DM between 1999 and 2008. It determined that significant proportion of youth with an HbA1c less than 9% effectively achieved and maintained target glycemic control with lifestyles recommendations. Youth are taught strategies to improve their nutritional habits, increase physical activity and reduce sedentary/screen time.
Brandy Winklow, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg Children's Hospital, and a clinician scientist with the Manitoba Institute of Child Health. Her current research focuses on the developmental origins of type 2 diabetes in youth, and modifiable targets for risk reduction.
Kristy Wittmeier is a physiotherapist who completed her Ph. D in physiology examining the effect of exercise on risk for type 2 diabetes in youth. She currently holds the positions of Physiotherapy Innovation & Best Practice Coordinator at the Winnipeg Health Sciences Centre, and Director of Knowledge Translation at the George and Fay Yee Centre for Health Care Innovation SUPPORT Unit.
About Dr. Noni MacDonald
Dr. Noni MacDonald has had a distinguished career in paediatric medicine and is a tireless advocate for the health and well-being of children and youth. She has held several university and hospital appointments, published extensively, garnered generous research support over many years, and contributes her expertise to numerous federal and provincial regulatory bodies. Dr. MacDonald is the founding editor of Paediatrics & Child Health and remains its editor-in-chief. She is firmly committed to the journal’s mission to advocate for the health of all children and youth in Canada and to bring the best research and information to their health care providers.
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Last updated: Nov 27 2013