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CHEO, Ottawa Public Health and CTV partner to help parents raise healthier kids
The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and Ottawa Public Health (OPH) are teaming up to share expertise, tips and easy-to-access resources with parents and caregivers of children and youth. The goal is to support parents and keep kids healthier and out of the hospital.
Starting November 18, a new biweekly series, Parenting in Ottawa, will be broadcast on CTV’s News at 6. Parents will talk about the challenges of keeping kids healthy and safe in today’s world, and experts in children’s health will share their advice. The series will include both individual news stories and special editions of News at 6 on a health theme.
The first broadcast on November 18 will focus on “Ready. Set. Grow.”: children’s growth from birth to age 4 and how parents can make sure their children are prepared to start school. In addition:
  • Parents and kids can participate in person by dropping in to the Vanier Community Service Centre, 270 Marier Ave., on November 18 from 5:30 to 7 PM for a Parenting in Ottawa Drop-in. Parents can talk to public health nurses from OPH about issues like helping your child eat healthy and be active, support for breastfeeding, do’s and don’ts of discipline and where to find support in the community.
  • Tune into interviews with experts on children’s health on CTV and CFRA during the day.
  • You can join the Parenting in Ottawa Facebook page to ask your own questions. On November 18, come and discuss being ready for starting school.
  • Future episodes in the series will cover topics like healthy eating and activity, puberty, mental health, technology, and more.
“We are excited to share timely, reliable and relevant health information with the launch of the Parenting in Ottawa series,” said Dr. Isra Levy, Medical Officer of Health, Ottawa Public Health. “From planning for a family to the teenage years, we want to help parents with the day-to-day challenges they face and connect them with the resources available from Ottawa Public Health, CHEO and other partners in the community.”
“We hope that the Parenting in Ottawa series will provide useful tips to parents and will inspire our community to work together to improve children’s lives so they can be their healthiest,” says Alex Munter, president and chief executive officer of CHEO. “This partnership will help us reach families and share strategies for integrating health into their daily lives.”
CHEO’s Healthy Kids Awards
CHEO is also relaunching the call for exceptional people and organizations that go the ‘extra mile’ to keep kids healthy and active. CHEO’s 6th annual Healthy Kids Awards in March 2016 will recognize these special people and what they’ve achieved for kids and youth.
Winners can include coaches, teachers, students, volunteers, community groups, advocates, health service providers, social service agencies or companies who are helping keep the kids in our community healthy and safe.
Until January 22, 2016, you can submit an application for a Healthy Kids Award, or nominate an individual, program or organization for one of these award categories: Youth for Youth, Community Champion, Community Program, Help for Special Needs, and Health Advocacy and Public Education. Winners receive a $500 prize to be reinvested in their program.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Eva Schacherl
Communications Manager and Strategist, CHEO
613-737-7600 ext. 3536
Cell 613-769-5553
Donna Casey
Health Information Coordination, OPH
613-580-6744 ext. 25105
Cell 613-315-5726
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