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CHEO CEO Alex Munter named co-chair of Ontario panel on childhood obesity
OTTAWA –Alex Munter, chief executive officer of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, has been named co-chair of “Healthy Kids Panel” – a blue-ribbon provincial panel tasked with making recommendations for how Ontario can reduce childhood obesity by 20 per cent over five years. The announcement was made in Toronto this morning by Health Minister Deb Matthews.
“As a society, we’ve changed the trajectory on health issues before. From reducing tobacco-related illness to improving workplace safety, we’ve been successful when all sectors work together. Reducing childhood obesity rates is one of the most important health concerns of our time. I look forward to working with this talented panel to develop ways Ontario can change the trajectory on this issue too,” said Munter.
Munter will co-chair with Kelly Murumets, CEO of ParticipACTION. They will lead a distinguished group of scientific, clinical, policy and business experts. The panel will report to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in December 2012.
CHEO is home to internationally-recognized researchers in the field of childhood obesity. Their research has helped shape clinical programs at CHEO and beyond.
In recent years, CHEO has been seeing more and more children and youth who are obese, and seeing conditions and related health issues that are more and more complex and serious. Last year, CHEO opened the Centre for Healthy and Active Living (CHAL), an assessment and treatment center for kids with complex severe obesity.
Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi attended the opening of the center, and is very supportive of the program.
“Childhood obesity has becomes a crisis, with no signs of slowing down,” said Yasir Naqvi, MPP, Ottawa Centre. “For a healthy community, it is important that we intervene now to prevent further health complications later in life.”
The CHEO Research Institute’s Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) works to provide leadership and research for the prevention, management and treatment of obesity in children and youth. Since its establishment, HALO has produced 197 peer-reviewed publications.

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