The Ontario Lung Association

The Ontario Lung Association

February 26, 2010 12:02 ET

HEY!-Ontario Lung Association Engages Youth in Health Leadership

Healthy Empowered Youth (HEY!) ready to influence change in their communities

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2010) -

Attention News, Youth and Health media:

In a growing number of cases, youth will have two or more risk factors that can lead to chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease. In Canada, nearly half of all youth demonstrate multiple risk factors which are affecting their health. So how can youth be effective change agents in their communities, taking on critical issues like tobacco use, obesity and substance abuse? Ontario Lung Association (OLA) will provide the satchel of skills for them, that's how. 

OLA will deliver specialized training to more than 150 youth this weekend at the HEY! (Healthy Empowered Youth) conference held in Toronto. Designed to empower youth, the conference will teach participants how to make a positive impact on their communities by helping prevent chronic disease, shaping health policy and taking a leadership role in health promotion. 

This conference is about taking action. Following the conference, youth will have the confidence and know-how to become involved in promoting the need for improved health and advocacy activities in their own communities. HEY! also includes a parallel program for adult support personnel who work with youth on health-related activities.

DATE: Saturday, February 27, 2010
TIME: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  Youth Panel Session (youth panellists advising adults)
  2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Hotel - King 1 Ballroom
  370 King Street West
ATTENDING: John Atkinson, manager, Health Promotion, Ontario Lung Association
  Matthew Lee, 19; Emily Butko, 19
  Approximately 150 youth from across the GTA

The Lung Association is one of Canada's oldest voluntary, not-for-profit health promotion organizations. For more than 30 years, The Lung Association has been a leader in tobacco control. The Lung Association is concerned with the prevention and control of asthma, chronic lung disease caused by smoking and with air quality and its effect on lung health. The Ontario Lung Association was incorporated in 1945, and has community offices across the province.

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