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11/10/2012
CHEO launches new blog that may help address the age-old question – how do I get my toddler to eat broccoli?
OTTAWA, October 9, 2012 - CHEO is pleased to announce the official launch of its new blog, CHEO Moms & Dads – an on-line community for parents in the region to share ideas on healthy active living.

We all know that eating right, staying active, encouraging reading, and keeping an open dialogue are important elements in the healthy development of children and youth. But while the Canadian food guide recommends four servings a day of fruits and vegetables, how exactly are you supposed to get your toddler to eat them?

That’s where the CHEO Moms & Dads blog comes in. Real parents will share their stories and suggestions on a variety of topics that families face every day. Some blog posts will give you new ideas to try – and others will simply help you feel that you’re not alone.

Featured bloggers will provide peer support by sharing ideas on a variety of topics such as injury prevention, food and nutrition, health and wellness, family life, kid-friendly activities, parenting, Ottawa living and family-related news.

“Technology is changing healthcare. More or more, people go on-line to search for health information and connect with peers for advice and support,” said Ann Fuller, Director of Communications, CHEO. “This blog is another tool we can use to connect with families and help make information more accessible.”

Developed in partnership with CHEO’s social media agency, Soshal Group, the blog came to life following discussions around the hospital’s unique role in the community. “CHEO plays such a large role in the lives of Ottawa parents,” explains Soshal Group Account Manager, Asako Ide, “We want to showcase the hospital as a go-to resource for all parents with physical and mental health questions, as well as active living tips.”

CHEO Moms & Dads features a great range of local bloggers who will be continuously contributing to the site. Bloggers come from diverse backgrounds and include moms and dads, parents of girls and of boys, parents of the “only child” and parents of twins, parents to infants and parents of school-aged children, expecting parents, and parents of children with autism, diabetes, rare diseases and hearing impairments.

The bloggers are also a mix of professional bloggers, first-time bloggers, community leaders, and CHEO employees. They all have one thing in common – they love their families and kindly agreed to share their joys, sorrows, good ideas and bad. We hope there is something in this blog for everyone!

CHEO Moms & Dads will feature guest appearances from CHEO health experts who will discuss a variety of health topics. And it will also provide a discussion forum for parents in the community looking to chat with other local parents. Stop by to ask any parenting questions that have you stumped or leave your own tips and tricks for handling parenting situations. http://cheomoms.com/

CHEO works to maximize the application of technology in how its delivers care and makes information available to the community it serves. For instance, CHEO has a new mental health website featuring an “Ask the Expert” column in which a two CHEO mental health experts answer questions submitted directly by parents and teens. CHEO clinicians also maintain ementalhealth.ca, a comprehensive compilation of mental health resource. CHEO regularly shares information with the community via Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. And the hospital is working towards the comprehensive development an electronic health record.

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For more information, please contact Marie Bélanger at 613-737-2343.

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