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CHEO Introduces Free Information Series for Parents in the Community


The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) introduces CHEO Connects -- a free information series for parents, providing trusted information and access to local experts.

“There is an overwhelming amount of information for parents out there in magazines, websites and on television,” said Michel Bilodeau, president and chief executive officer, CHEO. “CHEO is working to help parents sort through the volume and complexity, and learn about the key physical and mental health issues that impact their kids.”
CHEO will host six evening events rolled out over the 2011/2012 school year -- each covering both physical and mental health topics for a specific age group.

Each CHEO Connects session will help parents focus on key such things, including:
  • What is “normal” for this age group?
  • What are the biggest red flags I should watch out for?
  • What I can do to help make a difference?

CHEO experts will be on hand to answer questions.

The first event in the series, focusing on teens in the 14 - 18 years old – will take place September 19th from 7 – 9 pm at the Adult High School, 300 Rochester Street. Parking is free or take OC Transpo bus #14. For additional route options, please check

Topics will include:

·       Teen Talk: Understanding your teen 

·       “Calm Down” and other stuff you should never say to kids

·       Even Suicide: A Discussion of Mood, Anxiety & Depression in Today’s Family

·       “The Talk”: Sexual Health and Sexual Identity

·       How to Help Not Harm: Talking to Children and Youth about Body Image

·       How to encourage healthy active living

“We decided to begin with the teenage group given the large volume of calls we’ve recently received on these topics from schools, parent groups and the community,” said Bilodeau. “Our goal is to break down the topics and help equip parents to handle whatever situation they may be faced with.”

The next two events in the series will be:

·         October 24th: A session for new and expecting parents, focused on the 0 – 1 year age group

·         November 28th: A session designed for parents or future parents of children 6 - 9 years of age.

Registration is recommended at

for additional information, please contact Isabelle Mailloux at 613-737-7600 ext.3536


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