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CHEO Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes Specialists Bring Expertise to Renfrew Country
OTTAWA, January 10, 2012 - Childhood obesity experts from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) are sharing their expertise today with Renfrew County health professionals as part of the hospital’s program to extend its expertise beyond its walls to communities throughout Eastern Ontario.

CHEO’s six-hour workshop is hosted by the Deep River and District Hospital as part of the formal partnership being piloted by the two hospitals to strengthen paediatric care in the area. The workshop will provide in-depth expertise to Renfrew County doctors, nurses and allied health professionals on the most current approaches for dealing with the complex issues and unique challenges of childhood and youth obesity and type 2 diabetes.

“As a center of excellence for complex and specialized care for kids, CHEO has a role to play that extends far outside our walls,” says Alex Munter, CHEO’s president and chief executive officer. “By training and working with the broader community of health professionals, we can build an integrated system of care that helps more children than we could reach ourselves in our clinics each year. This is especially important as the needs of children in CHEO’s broad service area continue to grow, especially related to chronic disease management, and there is limited availability of specialized resources.”

Obesity is one of several key issues that CHEO is tackling with this approach, and this is the first time CHEO’s specialists in this important area are hitting the road to share their expertise. Approximately one in four Canadian children is overweight or obese. Of these children, one in three will have severe complex obesity with significant weight-related health complications such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obstructive sleep apnea.

“Many families have become concerned with the health impact of their child’s weight,” says Dr. Stasia Hadjiyannakis, a pediatric endrocrinologist and Medical Director of CHEO’s Centre for Healthy Active Living (CHAL). “But obesity is very complex and managing it involves a number of health disciplines. You need to address nutrition, exercise, physical symptoms, as well as emotional and mental health issues and the associated stigma.”

At the Renfrew County workshop, CHAL’s team of experts will outline strategies for identifying, treating and managing related complications of obesity. The workshop will also provide an overview of the Centre’s services that are available to the region and lay the foundation for a continuing partnership that bridges the physical distance between Renfrew County and CHEO.

For more information contact:

Marie Belanger
CHEO Media relations (613) 737-2343
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