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CHEO and CTV launch Healthy Kids Awards and health series
OTTAWA (ONTARIO), November 12, 2014 – 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 health 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 20-week program focused on helping parents in the community keep their kids healthy and well and out of hospital.

CHEO boasts some of Canada’s top experts in physical and mental health of children and teens -- passionate people drawn to their professions and to CHEO because they want to help kids be their healthiest. Through the wide reach of CTV, “CHEO Healthy Kids” will help CHEO to share their expertise, providing trustworthy and useful information to parents in the community.
“We hope to inspire our community to work together to change our children’s lives so that they can be their healthiest,” says Alex Munter, president and chief executive officer of CHEO. “The Healthy Kids segments on CTV will help us reach out to parents and share ways to prevent disease and incorporate a healthy lifestyle into our daily routines.”
Starting tonight, CTV will air a weekly “CHEO Healthy Kids” segment looking at children’s mental and physical health. CTV Ottawa’s News at Six anchor Carol Anne Meehan will be broadcasting live from CHEO this evening to kick-off the series.

The campaign will culminate in an awards ceremony to recognize individuals and organizations who are helping kids in the Ottawa community.
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 health of children and youth.
  • Community Program: Corporate, non-profit, or other organizational program or initiative that contributes to the healthy development of children and youth.
  • Help for Special Needs: Projects, programs, or individuals that enrich the lives of children and youth who are developmentally delayed, medically challenged, technologically dependent or who require complex or palliative care.
  • Health Advocacy and Public Education: 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.
Organizations, programs or individuals are encouraged to self-nominate. You are also encouraged to nominate an organization, program or individual. This can be done by completing the Online Application 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 15, 2015 at 5 pm. The winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and will be honoured on March 25, 2015 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.

For more information please contact Jama Watt, at 613-737-7600 ext. 3134.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Eva Schacherl
Communications Manager and Strategist, CHEO
613-737-7600 ext. 3536
Cell 613-769-5553
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