CDPAC and partner organizations have received grant funding from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention (CLASP) initiative. The project was additionally co-funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. The program of activities titled Collaborative Action on Childhood Obesity (CACO) was carried out from October 2009 through March 2012.
The coalition consisted of six National, Provincial, and Territorial partners with expertise in policy, research, prevention/promotion and clinical practice.
· Childhood Obesity Foundation
· Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance of Canada
· Government of Northwest Territories
· Heart and Stroke Foundation of Québec
· Quebec Coalition on Weight-Related Problems
· University of Ottawa Indigenous Health Research Group
The coalitions goal was to contribute to reversal in the escalating trend in child and youth obesity by reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and screen-time by Canadian youth and by providing a viable, local and culturally relevant alternative food management model in Aboriginal communities. To achieve these goals the coalition had four specific aims:
1) To increase the adoption and implementation of school-based education and behavior change strategies that address the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and screen time in each jurisdiction including identified aboriginal communities.
2) To increase access to positive local and culturally relevant alternatives for healthy eating and restrict access to ‘unhealthy’ options by supporting the implementation of policies, regulations and guidelines in schools and their surrounding communities including local stores and community kitchens. (and increased local production and distribution of healthy and culturally relevant foods --- with a particular, but not exclusive, focus on First Nations groups).
3) To decrease the appeal of ‘unhealthy options’ by supporting the implementation of policies that restrict advertising to children and provide disincentives for purchase of unhealthy foods (choose least and not recommended foods) through taxation thus increasing the appeal of locally harvested and produced food, particularly in the case of the Aboriginal communities involved.
4) To build the capacity of national and provincial stakeholders to implement evidence-based obesity and chronic disease prevention initiatives by developing mechanisms for inter-jurisdictional networking, evaluation and knowledge exchange.
For additional information on the project and project activities, please click on the links below:
- Collaborative Action on Childhood Obesity (CACO) Project
- Sip Smart! Program
- Screen Smart! Program
- Drop the Pop Program
For additional information on the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer's CLASP initiative please visit:
Production of these web pages has been made possible through a financial contribution from Health Canada, through the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer; from the Public Health Agency of Canada; and from the Heart and Stroke Foundation.