Facing the challenges of preventing obesity in children and teens

Since 1980, Canada has experienced a 100 per-cent increase in overweight or obese children.  Obesity is difficult to reverse, which is why Jess Haines is interested in preventing it in children and adolescents.  Haines, a professor of family relations and applied nutrition and pictured here with her children, Oscar, 8 and Eleanor, 5, is exploring community and family-based interventions to promote healthy behavior among pre-school children.  Haines is one of three recipients of the Early Researcher Award, given by the Ministry of Research and Innovation to young researchers who are emerging as leaders in their field.