Advocacy StatementAs Early Childhood Educator, we believe that childobesity is a big problem which affects children’s well-being and future. Reducing and eliminating childobesity is going to benefit our society, and help buildinga healthy life style in our community.
What is Childhood Obesity?Childhood obesity is a condition where excess body fatnegatively affects a child’s health or wellbeing
Statistic about ChildhoodObesity 31% of Canadian kids are overweight or obese In 2004, 26% of children and adolescents aged 2to17 were overweight or obese, compare with15% in 1978/1979 Among children aged from 5 to 11, thepercentage of obese boys (19.5 %) was morethan three times that of obese girls(6.3%) There are twice as many obese Canadian adultsin Canada today than there were 25 years ago
Problems Arising fromChildhood Obesity.Physical problems High blood pressure and high cholesterol , whichare risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) Increased risk of diabetes 2 Breath problems, such as sleep apnea, andasthma Joint problems and musculoskeletal discomfort Fatty liver disease, gallstones and heartburnPsychological problems Discrimination Poor self-esteem
People Affected by the IssueChildren:physical & psychological problemsParents:worried about their children’s health and well-being
Society and GovernmentAffectedSociety Cost lots of money: in 2005, the total cost ofobesity was $4.3 billion. $1.8 billion in directhealthcare costs, and $2.5 billion in indirectcosts. Adults may die up to 3 to 7 years earlier thancounterparts with a healthy weight. Community Government Concerns about childhood obesity issue,promotes healthy weight and healthy life hobbies
Cause and FactorsChildhood obesity likely is the result of The body’s natural selection favoring those moreparsimonious energy metabolism Today’s consumerist society with easy access toenergy dense cheap foods and less energyrequirement in daily life
Factors Influencing ChildhoodObesity in Canada Only 49% of youth eat fruit and vegetables morethan five times daily Children see more than 50 fast food commercialson television each month 9.7% of households with children are foodinsecure as a result of financial challenges facedin accessing adequate food 26% of students walk or cycle to school 70% of children are sedentary after school 37% of parents play active games with theirchildren
Possible Solution Healthy Eating Physical Activity Education Community Recreation Programs Medical Clinics Government Founding and Tax Exception Policy
About Toronto Public HealthToronto Public Health (TPH) reports to the Boardof Health and is responsible for the health and wellbeing of all 2.7 million residents. TPH has focusedon protecting and promoting the health of TorontoresidentsPrograms and Services:TPH offers services to protect the citizens ofToronto against health hazards, diseases andeducates the public on how to maintain, promoteand improve overall health.
NutritionToronto Public health provides a number of nutritionprograms and resources to promote healthy eatingaccording to Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide. Nutrition Programs in Toronto Program: Student Student nutrition programs in the City of Toronto aresupported by Toronto Partners for Student Nutrition,a partnership which consists of: Toronto Public Health Toronto District School Board Toronto Catholic District School Board Toronto Foundation for Student Success The Angel Foundation for Learning Community representative
Physical Activity for childrenand YouthPhysically active every day as part of a healthy lifestyle. Thishelps them to build strong bones and strengthen muscles,maintain flexibility, achieve a healthy weight, improvefitness, improve self-esteem, meet new friends and increaserelaxation.For more information and resources on physical activity forchildren and youth go to: Fun and Physical Activity (PDF)Moving On The Spot Outdoors: The Ultimate Playground Canadas Family Guide to Physical Activity for Children (6 -9 years of age) Canadas Family Guide to Physical Activity for Youth (10 -14 years of age) Pause to play
Contact InformationContact Toronto Public HealthFor general information about Toronto PublicHealth programs and services:Phone: 3-1-124 Hours a dayTo speak to a health professional for free,confidential information and advice; or to registerfor public health programs, such as food handlertraining and pre-natal classes:Phone: 416-338-7600,for people who are deaf, deafened or hard ofhearing call 416-392-0658 for TTY8:30am – 4:30pm Monday to Fridaypublichealth@toronto.ca
Stakeholders Government Agencies Community Centre Schools Child Care Centre Parents Early Childhood Educators ECE Students
Action Posted News Letters and Poster at Childcare Centre Develop Facebook page to spread the news ofpreventing childhood obesity on the world wide webhttp://www.facebook.com/joesphina.blacksonhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Change-for-Childhood-Obesity/127221020801235 Distribute pamphlets in a Neighborhood to spread theword of preventing childhood obesity. Community Support ask the parents teachers andstudent to sign a card in support of preventingchildhood obesity
The Newsletter posted atShaughnessy children’s Center