Harshman Lecture on Kids’ Health in a Digital World

November 05, 2012 - News Release

Raising healthier kids will be the topic of this year’s Harshman Lecture at the University of Guelph Nov 12.

Dr. Mark Tremblay, director of healthy active living and obesity research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and pediatrics professor in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine, will discuss “Plugging Into Children’s Health: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles in a Digital World” at 7 p.m.

He will discuss the implications of childhood inactivity in Canada and potential healthy living solutions.

“At a time when children are spending more and more time online, Mark Tremblay’s visit to Guelph provides a wonderful opportunity for both parents and professionals to explore ways to encourage the younger generation to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Prof. Michael Nightingale, acting chair of the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition (FRAN).

Tremblay is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and chief scientific officer of Active Healthy Kids Canada. He was formerly dean of kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan and now chairs both the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines Project and the expert advisory committee of the Canadian Health Measures Survey Committee.

A sought-after speaker, he has published more than 160 papers and book chapters on childhood obesity, physical activity measurement, exercise physiology and endocrinology, and health surveillance. Tremblay recently received an honorary doctorate from Nipissing University.

Sponsored by the Harshman Foundation, this lecture series began a year after the death in 1977 of Dr. Page Harshman, former chair of the foundation. Previously involved through U of G’s former College of Family and Consumer Studies, the Harshman Foundation now supports undergraduate and graduate scholarships in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences.

The lecture is presented by FRAN and will be held at Cutten Fields, 190 College Ave. E.

The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to Barbara Aldridge.

Barbara Aldridge
Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition
519-824-4120, Ext. 56321

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, or lhunt@uoguelph.ca, or Shiona Mackenzie, Ext. 56982, or shiona@uoguelph.ca.

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