OTTAWA -- The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) today unveiled its new Healthy Active Living Centre, a regional assessment and treatment centre. The Centre will run two new programs – a Type 2 Diabetes program and one focused on complex severe obesity. In addition, it will become a resource for health service providers in the community who are working with kids on these two health issues.
Approximately one in four Canadian children is overweight or obese. Of these children, one in 3 will have severe complex obesity with significant weight related health complication such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and obstructive sleep apnea. Effective treatment for these complications includes a healthy and active lifestyle.
“Our goal is to improve the health and quality of life of children with weight related health complications by supporting them and their whole family to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Dr. Stasia Hadjiyannakis, Pediatric endocrinologist and Chief of the division of endocrinology at CHEO. “We want to help these kids and their families to make real, lasting change in their lives that will result in improved health, self esteem, confidence and overall well being.”
This new centre will allow CHEO to treat obese children through one coordinated and patient-specific plan of care which will include on-site specialists such as a pediatric endocrinologist, advanced practice nurse, psychologist, social worker, exercise specialist and a dietitian.
The Centre’s approach will focus on the whole child and his/her family, including physical, mental, and social aspects. Program highlights include:
§ A key worker to act as the single contact point for care coordination
§ Family-Based Behavioural Modification Program which relies on a family intensive lifestyle intervention
§ Motivational and readiness interventions, increased physical activity, healthful eating habits, improving self-esteem and body image
§ A family-based evaluation process which will examine nutrition, physical activity, lifestyle, psychological and medical profiles
§ Assessment of children and youth with complex severe obesity for bariatric services
§ Pre- and post-operative care for kids with complex severe obesity undergoing bariatric surgery
In addition, the centre will help community health providers care of kids with, or at risk of developing, complex severe obesity.
The Centre will work in collaboration with the CHEO Research Institute’s Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research group (HALO) to provide a venue for continued clinical and epidemiological research in treatment and prevention of pediatric obesity and continue to educate and inform the public about the growing epidemic of childhood obesity.
About CHEO: The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario is a pediatric health and research center providing outstanding family-centered patient care, pioneering breakthrough research, and training the health care professionals of tomorrow. Built in 1974, CHEO provides a full spectrum of pediatric services, in a family-centred model of care, to children and youth from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec.
For more information, CHEO Public Relations, 613-737-2343