Practising What We Preach: A Look at Healthy Active Living Policy and Practice in Canadian Paediatric Hospitals

Introduction/Background

  • The Canadian Pediatric Society’s committee on Healthy Active Living (HAL) and the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centers (CAPHC) conducted a Survey of Healthy Active Living Policies in all Canadian pediatric hospitals.
  • This survey was an initiative based on the recommendations made at the 2005 CAPHC Annual meeting symposium entitled: “The Pediatric Obesity Crisis: Working Together for Change” -http://www.caphc.org/annual_2005_presentations.php
  • Subsequently, CPS and CAPHC have made a commitment to work with other experts and partner organizations to address the childhood obesity crisis in Canada. CPS continues to see childhood obesity as a top priority and as such is looking forward to this collaborative endeavor.

Goals and Objectives

  • To obtain an overview of healthy active living (HAL) policy & practice in Canadian Pediatric Hospitals.

Milestones to Date

  • A nation-wide survey was conducted between November 2006 and May 2007 to identify healthy eating, physical activity, & smoking cessation practices in all 16 Canadian Pediatric Academic Hospitals.
  • No formal hypothesis testing will be performed as data are intended to be exploratory

Going Forward

Partnerships

  • All sixteen Children’s Hospitals in Canada
  • CPS
  • CAPHC

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