Canadian Best Practices Portal: Obesity in Canada Webinar

Nov 23, 2011

On October 12th, 2011, the CBPI and the Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada (CDPAC) hosted the first in a series of web-based seminars examining obesity, food security and mental health in relation to chronic disease prevention.

The “Obesity in Canada” webinar provided a unique opportunity for more than 150 participants to hear from, and ask questions of, expert speakers on the broad spectrum of the issue. These included analyses of Canadian data through national frameworks and action plans to practical strategies that have been applied in a Canadian program.Jean Harvey of the Canadian Institute for Health Information’s (CIHI) Canadian Population Health Initiative discussed The “Obesity in Canada” joint CIHI-PHAC report; highlighting obesity prevalence data, new analyses of the determinants of obesity, health and economic costs of obesity and opportunities for intervention.

Dr Trevor Hancock presented the Federal, Provincial and Territorial framework for action to promote healthy weights “Curbing Childhood Obesity”. In response to a question about evidence-based strategies, Dr. Hancock commented “All of the strategies we proposed in the Framework – and in the much more detailed background reports that support it are evidence-based, that was a criterion for them to be included. They are also considered feasible. There is a large literature on effective interventions”.

One of the effective interventions on the Best Practices Portal – Healthy Buddies – was profiled by Dr. Jean-Pierre Chanoine of BC Children’s Hospital. He covered the components of the program, methods and research, Healthy Buddies pilot test and implementation in BC, and program outcomes in Manitoba and in First Nations and Inuit versions.

A podcast of the live webinar presentation including follow-up questions and answers is posted on the CDPAC website. To access the audio-embedded presentation and related reports, please click here .

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