· Heart and Stroke Foundation of Quebec
· Heart and Stroke Foundation of New Brunswick
· University of Ottawa Indigenous Health Research Group
In CACO1, the coalition's 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.
In CACO2, we are leveraged the resources, partnerships and processes developed in CACO1 to broaden the reach and deepen the impact of our prevention efforts by targeting additional settings where children live, learn and play. We addressed screen-time, sugary drinks, physical inactivity, and fruit and vegetable consumption in the 2-5 year age group by enhancing capacity in early learning settings (policy, technical abilities and environments) and by reaching out to parents and families with our resources and key messages. We also mobilized an evidence-based capacity building initiative from BC that aims to increase the provision of healthy food and beverages while restricting unhealthy options in municipal and community recreation facilities. We aimed for consistent messaging across the various environments that predispose, enable and reinforce healthy behaviours.
In our partner rural, remote First Nations communities we deepened our impact by adding to the land-sea-based food procurement and distribution strategies already underway. We supported the introduction of a culturally appropriate dance-oriented physical activity intervention, and an evidence-based market-foods literacy program. In addition, CACO2 moved beyond a physical health orientation to help strengthen community-based capacity to address some of the core mental health issues that affect resiliency and holistic wellness.
To achieve these goals the coalition had three specific aims:
1) To increase access to positive local and culturally relevant food, physical activity opportunities, mental health supports and to improve health literacy in nine rural, remote aboriginal communities across British Columbia, Yukon Territory, Northwest Territories and Ontario.
2) To increase the implementation of evidence-based health promotion and literacy approaches that predispose, enable and reinforce healthy food, beverage, screen-time and physical activity choices by children in settings where they spend their time (e.g. school, early learning community and the home).
3) To create supportive environments by enhancing capacity and supporting health promoting policy development locally, in community recreation and early learning settings and regionally through cross-jurisdiction partnerships and knowledge exchange.
For additional information on the project and project activities, please click on the links below:
- Collaborative Action on Childhood Obesity Phase 1 (CACO) Project
- First Nations Programming
- Healthy Food and Beverage Sales in Recreation Facilities
- Healthy Beginnings for Preschoolers 2-5
- Sip Smart! Program
- Screen Smart! Program
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