Queen's University

Childhood obesity

2011-03-09

Queen’s Kinesiology and Health Studies professor Robert Ross is available to discuss today’s announcement by federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq of a new plan that is being billed as a key step to help tackle childhood obesity.

“Any initiative on the part of the government that recognizes the importance of addressing childhood obesity is well received by me. Childhood obesity is a major public health issue and this announcement shows the government appreciates the serious nature of this problem,” says Dr. Ross.

Dr. Ross is an expert on childhood and adult obesity, and he is currently leading a $1.8-million study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) on the effects of exercise on excess abdominal fat and the risk of cardiovascular disease.

PLEASE NOTE DR. ROSS WILL HAVE LIMITED AVAILABILITY BETWEEN 2:30 AND 5 P.M. ON MONDAY.

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