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Childhood Obesity

Healthy Kids Panel

Terms Of Reference


Childhood obesity is a serious health issue that is strongly linked to increased risks of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, gallbladder disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer, including breast and colon cancer.  Broad engagement and action from a variety of partners and sectors is required to effectively address this problem.  Partnerships that include parents and caregivers, educators and legislators, industry and media are essential to supporting health in the next generation.  

In Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, the government committed to bringing together a panel of content area and strategy experts, health care leaders, non-profit organizations, and industry to inform the development of a strategy that will reduce childhood obesity in Ontario by 20 per cent in five years. This is an aspirational and ambitious goal, and the Panel will provide advice how the province can best meet this goal. The Panel’s report to the Minister is expected by December 21, 2012. 


To provide the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care with a report outlining:


The target audience for the report is the government and, through the government, other stakeholders/spheres of influence.


The scope of the Panel’s work includes:

* Multi-sector refers to recommendations that address all areas with a role to play in impacting childhood obesity and child health (such as the private sector, government (including across government approach), the local community, the public and the broader public sector).

Timelines & Deliverables




Chairs’ Responsibilities

Members’ Responsibilities


Secretariat support will be provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  The secretariat will act as the liaison between the Panel and the Ministry.

Secretariat support services will include:

Ongoing meetings will take place between the Co-Chairs and secretariat to assess support and resource requirements.

A professional writer will attend the Panel meetings to collate recommendations and draft the report on behalf of the Panel.

Engagement Approach

Part of the work of the Panel will include engaging with thought leaders and experts with a variety of perspectives. The members have access to a diverse group of sectors and communities (including demographic communities such as children, youth, parents and recent immigrants).  Members are encouraged to engage these networks to gain a better understanding of childhood obesity from different perspectives and to better inform the Panel’s recommendations. The Panel will develop an engagement plan.

Proceedings And Attendance

The Panel will meet on a monthly basis. Location and details of meetings will be determined by the Panel Co-Chairs with logistical support from the secretariat. 

Agenda items are set by the Co-Chairs with input from the Panel members.  As applicable, materials will be emailed to members by the secretariat in advance of each meeting. 

Delegates are not permitted.


There shall be no salary or per diem paid as a result of this appointment to the Panel.

The Ministry may, in its sole discretion, reimburse Panel members for expenses, if applicable, in accordance with any Ontario Government directives and guidelines that are applicable at the time of payment (including, for greater certainty, the Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses directive) for all reasonable expenses associated with any meetings Panel members are required to attend.

Public Communications

Members must notify the Co-Chairs if they are making media appearances and statements about the Panel and its work prior to being made.

Co-Chairs must notify the Ministry regarding media appearances and statements about the Panel prior to being made.

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