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CHEO & CTV to Kick-Start 20-week Campaign and Awards Program

Do you know an individual, organization or program that goes the ‘extra mile’ to keep kids healthy and active?

Whether you’re a sports coach, teacher, student, community group, advocate, health service provider, volunteer or concerned corporate citizen, your actions can contribute to the healthy development of the children and youth in our community. We want to hear from you!
Tonight on CTV Ottawa’s News at Six, CHEO will kick off its new, 20-week program focused on helping parents in the community keep their kids healthy and well and out of hospital.  

CHEO is fortunate to have some of the country’s top experts in the physical and mental health of children and teens --passionate people drawn to their professions and to CHEO because they want to make a difference. 

Through the extensive reach of CTV, “CHEO Healthy Kids” will enable CHEO to further extend its expertise outside its walls and provide trusted information to parents in the community.

“Twenty years from now there will be 90,000 more children and youth in the national capital region than there are today. They represent our region's dynamic future and we all have a stake in making sure they get the best possible start in life," said Alex Munter, president and chief executive officer, CHEO.   “Evidence shows that preventing illness and injuries is a far better prescription for health and well-being then having to treat them.  As the backstop of children’s health in this community, there is an important role CHEO can play in not only curing children when they are sick, but helping keep them healthy.”

CHEO Healthy Kids will look at some of the simple and affordable things we can all do in our homes, schools, and local communities to make a difference -- whether it is dealing with sleep challenges, looking for warning signs, or simply wearing a helmet.

Starting tonight, CTV will air a weekly “CHEO Healthy Kids” segment which will feature CHEO experts and patients discussing key physical and mental health topics. CTV Ottawa’s News at Six anchor Carol Anne Meehan will kick-off the series tonight by broadcasting live from the hospital.

The campaign will also include an awards component which will recognize those individuals or organizations in the community who go the extra mile in contributing to the healthy development of children and youth.

“CHEO and CTV want to honor community members who help and encourage children and youth, or advocate on their behalf,” said CTV news anchor Graham Richardson who, along with Meehan, are honorary co-chairs of the awards program. “Winners might include coaches, teachers, students, volunteers, community groups, advocates, health service providers, social service agencies or companies who are going the ‘extra mile’ to help kids be healthy and safe.”

People may apply directly or be nominated for one of these award categories: 
  • Youth for Youth

Initiatives/programs created by youth, for youth.

  • Community Champion

An individual who has really gone the extra mile to encourage the mental  or physical development of children and youth.

  • Community Program

Corporate, non-profit, or other organizational program that contributes to the healthy development of children and youth.

  • Help for Special Needs

Projects/programs that enrich the lives of children and youth who are developmentally delayed, medically challenged, technologically dependent or who require complex or palliative care.

  • Innovation & Research

Individual or organization that contributes meaningful data, indicators or approaches to improve how we care for children and youth in our community.

  • Public Awareness/Policy

Individual or organization raising visibility for a key issue that impacts the health of children and youth, or influences a change in government policy that will positively benefit kids and families.

Self nomination:
Organizations, programs or individuals are encouraged to self-nominate. This can be done by completing the Online Application Form.

Nominating others:
You are also encouraged to nominate an organization, program or individual. To do so, please complete this Nomination Form. After CHEO has received your nomination form, the nominee will be contacted by CHEO and asked to complete an Application Form. The information provided by the nominee will be used in the evaluation process.

The deadline for applications is January 31st, 2013.  The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be honored on March 21st at the CHEO Healthy Kids awards ceremony.  Winners will receive a commemorative plaque and a monetary reward of $500 to be reinvested into their program.
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