Leadership Centre

Supporting leadership capacity building within Ontario.

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Enhancing leadership competencies, facilitating thoughtful discussion and examination of leadership issues for public health professionals.

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Community Food Advisor

Promoting safe and nutritious food selection, preparation and storage practices.

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Community Food Advisors work in their community to improve and promote safe and healthy food selection, preparation, and storage practices.

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Public Health and You

Your questions about public health answered...all in one place.

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Learn about why public health plays a vital role in ensuring the health of communities across Ontario!

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Ontario Public Health Association

Committed to improving the health of Ontarians.

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Since 1949, OPHA has served as a catalyst for development in the Public Health sector.

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Nutrition Resource Centre

Credible public health nutrition at your fingertips.

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Strengthening the capacity of health professionals across all care settings and in all communities across Ontario.

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Sleep, Food Intake, and Obesity in Kids

Sleep, Food Intake, and Obesity in Kids There is increasing evidence showing that insufficient sleep influences eating behaviors and is associated with weight gain. Short sleep duration, poor sleep quality, and later bedtimes are all associated with increased food intake, poor diet quality, and excess body weight. Specifically, lack of sleep has been shown to increase snacking, the number of meals consumed per day, and preference for energy-dense foods. Insufficient sleep seems to facilitate the ingestion of calories when exposed to the modern obesogenic environment of readily accessible food.  This webinar will explore the current science on sleep, eating behavior, and energy balance, including proposed mechanisms and implications for public health interventions.

  1. Explore the current science on sleep, appetite, and obesity, with a focus on kids
  2. Explore proposed biological mechanisms linking sleep deprivation and increased food intake
  3. Discuss potential public health interventions to improve sleep


Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput PhD is a researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa. He holds a Junior Research Chair in Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research. His research focuses on obesity prevention and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. He is also interested in new determinants of obesity such as lack of sleep and mental stress. Dr. Chaput has published more than 150 peer-reviewed scientific articles (h-index of 24) and has contributed to a large number of conferences around the world. He received several awards for his research, including the International Journal of Obesity New Faculty Award from World Obesity (2014), the New Investigator Award from the Canadian Obesity Network (2011), the New Investigator Award from the International Association for the Study of Obesity (2010) and the Ethan Sims Young Investigator Award from The Obesity Society (2005).


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