Join the conversation on childhood obesity! Our Health Our Future

Uploaded by publichealthcanada on 03.06.2011

>> LEONA AGLUKKAQ: We need to start
addressing the very issue of obesity,
because it is preventable.
In this, as a mother,
we need to start educating the young people today,
now, to change the trend, to deal with industry.
Industry has a role to contribute to a healthy population,
whether it be the food industry,
advertising, marketing, physical activity,
there's a whole bunch of people who can be involved
in building healthier Canadians.
And so, today's announcement will bring the teams together.
So this is really exciting for me and the more people talk about it,
the more we can address the issue of obesity.
>> KELLY MURUMETS: The initiative is Our Health Our Future,
and it is unbelievably critical, so in this country we have,
yes a childhood obesity crisis, we
have a physical inactivity crisis,
they go hand in hand.
We need all of us together arm in arm to
go battle this crisis, or these crises.
Now we have a leadership from the federal government.
We have Federal, Provincial, Territorial,
and hopefully municipal governments,
arm in arm with us in the not-for-profit sector.
I run ParticipACTION, the national voice of Physical Activity
and sport participation in the country.
Us, with our other not-for-profit
partners arm in arm with the government
and arm in arm with the private sector.
>> SCOTT HALDANE: Eighty-eight percent
of Canadian children and youth
are actually not getting enough physical activity
to avoid chronic illnesses later in life.
>> MAUREEN MACDONALD: Well, I think we
can look at getting back to basics.
You know, you don't necessarily have
to have big fancy recreation centres,
although they are beautiful when you have them.
But they don't necessarily…
they aren't the only things that we
need in order to get people healthy.
You know, children can play in the great outdoors,
and there are a lot of amazing things that
you can do in the natural environment.
>> MARY LEWIS: We are finding now
that young people in their twenties
have increasing rates of hypertension and type 2 diabetes,
all the precursors of heart disease and stroke.
>> DAVID BUTLER-JONES: As a society
we've gotten heavier, less active;
children particularly over the last
couple of decades and this could be…
In fact, if we don't change this, this will
likely be the first generation of children
not to live as long or as healthy as their parents.
That is something which is preventable,
it is something that though requires a societal change,
requires a culture change, it requires us all together,
to work on finding ways to be more active
and to eat more healthily.
And that's something that everybody has a role to play in,
so it is something that it's not just industry,
it's not just government and it's not just individuals,
because healthier choices have to be easier choices.