Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

July 28, 2011 13:15 ET

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Help Aboriginal Children and Youth Achieve Healthier Weights in London

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 28, 2011) - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced funding to support the University of Western Ontario's community-based project designed to promote healthier weights in Aboriginal children and youth.

The project will support the creation of a local network to enhance collaboration among community partners in London and nearby First Nations and Métis communities, resulting in more culturally appropriate and effective programming.

"Investing in healthier weights is an important step in promoting good health and preventing illness among Canadians," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Obesity is a particular challenge among Aboriginal children and youth, which is why the Government of Canada is pleased to support community-based projects aimed at addressing this issue."

"Our community will benefit greatly from this investment," said Susan Truppe, Member of Parliament for London North Centre. "This project is truly innovative in its approach to address health inequalities related to obesity. Work is being done at the local level to develop programs that address issues specific to our communities."

"We are very pleased to receive this funding," said Dr. Martin Cooke, Project Co-Lead of the University of Waterloo. "Developing a strong, collaborative network is important. This project will support our work with partners to take positive steps to develop culturally appropriate programs for off-reserve First Nations and Métis children and youth."

The Government of Canada is providing funding through the Public Health Agency of Canada's Innovation Strategy for projects to help children and youth achieve healthy weights; create supportive workplaces for Canadians to achieve healthy weights; and develop the conditions for rural, remote, northern and underserved communities to achieve healthy weights. The Innovation Strategy supports innovative public health interventions across Canada that address complex public health issues and their underlying causes.

FACT SHEET

Innovation Strategy – Healthy Weights

The Government of Canada is actively working with provinces, territories and community groups to promote healthier weights in Canada's communities.

Through the Public Health Agency of Canada's Innovation Strategy, the Government of Canada is providing over $150,000 for a project in London, Ontario, to help Aboriginal children and youth achieve and maintain healthier weights.

Projects focus on enabling children and youth to achieve healthier weights, creating supportive workplaces for Canadians and developing the conditions for rural, remote, northern and underserved communities to achieve healthier weights.

The information gained from these projects will contribute to a broader understanding of the factors that can lead to obesity and will be shared with communities and partners across Canada to inform future policies and programs.

Reducing Obesity among Aboriginal Children and Youth Project:

Phase 1 - Development of Intervention Through a Community-Based Collaboration

This project aims to address obesity among urban and off-reserve First Nations and Métis children and youth by bringing together a forum of community partners and stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate culturally-appropriate and effective programming and services to promote healthy weights among Aboriginal children.

This project will enhance collaboration among community partners in London and nearby First Nations communities, including Aboriginal-specific organizations, clinicians and the public health system, and other stakeholders.

Key partners include the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, the Métis Nation of Ontario, the Southwestern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre, N'Amerind Friendship Centre, London-Middlesex Public Health, and the City of London.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is funding these initiatives under its Innovation Strategy program. The Innovation Strategy supports population health innovation and learning through interventions that build practice-based evidence.

Contact Information

  • Health Canada
    Cailin Rodgers
    Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Federal Minister of Health
    (613) 957-0200

    Media Relations
    Public Health Agency of Canada
    (613) 941-8189