Centre for Healthy Active Kids
Why a Centre for Healthy Active Kids?
With increased rates of obesity and decreased levels of physical activity, children today may be the first generation to have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
To address the challenges in the management and prevention of childhood obesity and to promote healthy nutrition and physical activity for all children and adolescents, irrespective of body weight, , The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has launched the Centre for Healthy Active Kids (CHAK).
Childhood obesity is a key theme of the centre but our scope extends to include research in physical activity and nutrition to improve the health of all children, irrespective of body weight. We are also interested in understanding how nutrition and physical activity impact children living with chronic diseases, such as cancer, arthritis and others. We look at the effects of early intervention and prevention strategies that promote healthy active living and will result in improved overall health for children now, and in the future.
The Centre for Healthy Active Kids plays leadership role in development of the Ontario Paediatric Bariatric Network. See here for more details.