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Halton Region Health Department Healthy Weights: Halton Takes Action
- August 2011: E Blast

Hello Healthy Weights:
Halton Takes Action community!

Links worth their weight


Girls holding cornFarm to School Program Brings Local Produce to Halton Schools
Farm to School brings fresh, locally grown produce into Halton elementary schools through existing student nutrition programs. Schools offer an ideal setting to influence eating habits in a positive way. Participating schools are linked to a local food supplier and provided with menu ideas and healthy eating curriculum supports. For more information visit the Farm to School Program website.


Edmonton Obesity Staging System (EOSS)
A proposed clinical staging system for obesity that goes beyond the current use of BMI, weight/height and waist circumference and will allow medical decision-making in terms of obesity-related health risks, co-morbidities or reduced quality of life. (Co-morbidities of obesity include diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, chronic headaches, liver disease, and arthritis.) Read the full CMAJ article.

Physical Activity

Sedentary behaviour is not healthy
In an analysis of Australian lifestyle data, every hour spent watching TV was estimated to lower life expectancy by 21.8 minutes for those 25 and older, J. Lennert Veerman, MD,PhD, of the University of Queensland, and colleagues reported online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Read Channel surfing may shorten life in Medical News.

Cycling in Quebec A comprehensive Quebec report on cycling offers a picture of what is happening in the province and can provide some direction for Ontario. Read the report BICYCLING IN QUÉBEC IN 2010.

Built Environment

Bike Lane Debates
The ongoing debate about bike lanes continues across Canada. Read Andy Radia's article: Bike lane battles brew in Canada’s major cities like Toronto and Vancouver.

New Obesity Research
A four-part series in the Lancet critically examines what we know about the global obesity pandemic: its drivers, its economic and health burden, the physiology behind weight control and maintenance, and what science tells us about the kind of actions that are needed to change our obesogenic environment and reverse the current tsunami of risk factors for chronic diseases in future generations.

The first paper looks at the global drivers of the epidemic; the second paper analyses obesity trends in the USA and UK, and their impact on prevalence of diseases and healthcare spending. The third paper introduces a new web-based bodyweight simulation model, that incorporates metabolic adaptations that occur with decreasing bodyweight; and the final paper assesses the interventions needed to halt and reverse the epidemic.

Its authors conclude that the changes needed are likely to require many sustained interventions at several levels, but that national governments should take the lead. Read the full article in the Lancet.


Thank-you to this month’s e-blast contributors:

  • Bogdan Kowalczyk, President of Fit-2-Fit Inc.
  • Cyndie MacNeil, RD Public Health Dietitian, Halton Region
  • Jeff Crowder, Physical Activity Health Promoter, Halton Region


Call to the HWHTA community: We need your help

Since HWHTA is coordinated by the Halton Region Health Department but driven by a community of practice, I need your help to identify, develop and deliver the tasks associated with the third priority, community coordination.

Tasks include:

  • Monthly e-blasts
  • Fall webinar
  • Bi-directional list serve
  • Community of Practice
  • Database

If you have ideas or would like to get involved, please contact me with your interest via email or by phone 905-825-6000, ext. 7386.

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