News Topics: Child Health


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New WHO Guidelines on Children Health

The World Health Organization’s new guidelines outline that children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in prams and seats, get better quality sleep and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy. The recommendations include specific guidelines of physical activity for infants MORE


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Connection to the Land as a Youth-Identified Social Determinant of Indigenous Peoples’ Health

Yellowknives Dene First Nation youth in the Canadian Northwest Territories participated in the ‘On-the-Land Health Leadership Camp,” where they used a strength- and community-based participatory approach through an Indigenous research lens to collect stories from youth through sharing circles, PhotoVoice, mural art, and surveys. The youth found that the emerging MORE


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First Call’s Statement on the 2019 BC Budget Announcement

  The big news for families with children is that starting in October 2020 a new B.C. Child Opportunity Benefit will replace the Early Childhood Tax benefit. In our annual Child Poverty Report Card we have been calling for improvements to this benefit for years. BC is the only province MORE


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HungerCount 2018

Food Banks Canada’s HungerCount2018 Report includes powerful recommendations to governments including a call to Support the Creation of Standardized, Affordable Early Learning and Childcare Across the Country. Read the full report and four public policy recommendations that would decrease Canadians’ reliance on food banks. In BC, 31% of food bank users were families with MORE


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Provincial Health Officer Releases Annual Report

Last week BC’s provincial heath officer (PHO), released the report, Taking the Pulse of the Population: An Update on the Health of British Columbians. One of the four areas highlighted for more attention is early childhood development. The report recommends that government increase support for programs and policies that focus MORE


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Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2018: Preventing Problematic Substance Use in Youth

Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, released her report on the state of public health in Canada, titled, “Preventing Problematic Substance Use in Youth.” The report reveals that Canada’s national life expectancy has decreased for the first time in decades, which may be attributed to the opioid overdose MORE