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CHEO Launches 2011 Edition of Let’s Keep Kids Out of Hospital Awards
OTTAWA - Before an active audience of parents and kids, CHEO launched the 2011 edition of theLet’s Keep Kids Out of Hospital Awards at the Capital Parent & Kids Show.

“CHEO knows that many individuals, programs, organizations and businesses in the community not only share our approach, but also make important contributions to addressing these issues,” said Chantal Courchesne, a member of both the CHEO Board of Trustees and Advocacy Committee. “The Let’s Keep Kids Out of Hospital Awards is a formal, annual program created to recognize initiatives that go ‘above and beyond’ in addressing one of the root causes and, in doing so, raise awareness and inspire others.”

CHEO will recognize and reward individuals and organizations who contribute meaningfully to the community and help make a difference in the lives of children and youth. There are four award categories: injury prevention, mental health, family poverty and health active living. Each represents an important health issue faced by the children and youth in CHEO’s community.

Award recipients will receive a monetary reward of $500 slated for re-investment into their program. Winners may be individuals, organizations or corporations. Examples of winners include a sports coach, a teacher, after-school program, a community group, advocacy lobbyists, health service providers, volunteer organizations, health or social service agencies, or a company with a special volunteer or corporate citizenship program targeted specifically at children’s health and wellness.

CHEO believes that preventing illness and injury, thus avoiding the need for treatment, is the best prescription for the health and well-being of children and youth. This approach is the foundation for all CHEO advocacy work, with particular emphasis on four root causes that often lead to childhood illness and hospitalization: injury, obesity, mental health and family poverty.

Visit the CHEO Website beginning April 9 – and submit your application!

During the launch event, parents learned more about the importance of healthy and active living in addressing the growing issue of childhood obesity. In Canada today, over 25 per cent of children and youth are overweight or obese, usually because they eat too much and do not exercise enough. The consequences can be very serious, including diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, liver disease, joint problems, respiratory ailments and the list goes on.

CHEO Bear and the Ottawa Senator’s Spartacat were on hand to lead children through a frolicking cardio workout.


For comment, please contact Marie Bélanger, CHEO media relations, at 613 737-7600 ext. 2324 or

For Let’s Keep Kids Out of Hospital Awards program details, awards application form and key dates, please visit

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