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March 25, 2008 12:16 ET

Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth Presents Report to Health Minister

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - Dr. Khristinn Kellie Leitch, Chair of Pediatric Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Western Ontario, Assistant Dean at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Co-director of the Health Sector MBA program at the University of Western Ontario today presented her final report, entitled Reaching for the Top: A Report by the Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth, to the Minister of Health, Tony Clement for his consideration.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to thank Dr. Leitch for her hard work and expertise in preparing this report," said Minister Clement. "While our review will concentrate on items under federal jurisdiction, I hope that others may find this report useful. We all need to work together to improve the health of Canada's children and youth".

Minister Clement appointed Dr. Leitch as his Advisor on Healthy Children and Youth in March, 2007, to build on the efforts of this Government to improve the health and well-being of children across Canada. During her research, Dr. Leitch reviewed 253 programs and initiatives across the Health Portfolio and met with over 800 stakeholders.

Other initiatives announced by the Government of Canada since 2006 include:

- Introducing Canada's first Children's Fitness Tax Credit, as well as re-launching the Canada Food Guide, and helping to bring back ParticipACTION's healthy living public awareness campaign;

- Launching the first-ever Food Guide for First Nations, Inuit and Metis, as well as investing in initiatives to improve the health and promote the healthy development of children in First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities;

- Invested in the Canadian MedicAlert Foundation's No Child Without Program;

- Announcing a wait times guarantee pilot projects for children, in partnership with children's hospitals across Canada;

- Launching a marketing campaign to reduce the number of children who are exposed to second-hand smoke, as well as launching a national public awareness campaign on healthy pregnancies;

- Investing in research and programs that will improve access to health care for children struggling with mental health disorders, as well as launching Canada's first Mental Health Commission;

- Introducing a National Anti-Drug Strategy, which will help to prevent illegal drugs from corrupting our youth;

- Launching a world-leading Chemical Management Plan to protect Canadian families from hazardous chemicals;

- Introducing the Clean Air Act: a plan to tackle air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions for the health of Canadian families today and for years to come; and

- Announcing a Consumer Product Safety Action Plan, to ensure the food and products that Canadian families buy are safe.

The report is now available on the Health Canada Web site at

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