CHILD Study: Maternal depression higher among certain ethnic minorities

Mothers who are Black or of First Nations ethnicity are at greater risk of experiencing stress and symptoms of depression during pregnancy and their children’s first five years, according to new CHILD Study research.

It was already known that mothers from ethnic minorities are more at risk for psychosocial distress while pregnant and until their children reach pre-school age, observes CHILD Study Director Dr. Padmaja Subbarao (The Hospital for Sick Children), but “our study showed that this pattern is more nuanced than previously thought.”

Dr. Subbarao and her team analyzed data from more than 3,000 mothers participating in the CHILD Study, who had completed detailed questionnaires in which they self-identified their ethnicity and described their distress levels during pregnancy and their children’s first years.

“Black and First Nations mothers consistently reported the highest stress levels compared to all other ethnicities,” says AllerGen trainee and study first-author Christoffer Dharma (McMaster University). “This difference was significant, even after we controlled for other factors that may affect stress, such as social support, a history of depression, and socioeconomic status.”

Although self-reported depressive symptoms may not always translate to clinical depression, it is important for family, friends and healthcare professionals to be aware of potential problems and to support a mother’s psychological wellbeing both during and after pregnancy, notes Dr. Subbarao.

The research was published online in August 2018 in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Asthma in Children: Management and Support

Free Asthma Canada Webinar

On Wednesday, August 22 at 1:00 pm (EST), Asthma Canada will be hosting a FREE webinar with a Registered Respiratory Therapist/Certified Asthma Educator on Asthma in Children: Management and Support.

The September back-to-school period brings a dramatic increase in hospitalizations for children living with asthma. Kids returning to school in September face increased exposure to viral infections and other asthma triggers such as dust mites and moulds. However, with correct management, most asthma-related hospitalizations can be prevented.

This webinar includes a Question & Answer session with the guest speaker, giving you the opportunity to ask an experienced Certified Asthma Educator from one of the top children’s hospitals in Canada for tips on how to prevent asthma exacerbations. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Susan Balkovec speak about asthma management in children.

What You’ll Take Away:

  • What happens when your child is diagnosed with asthma?
  • What are some best practices for managing your child’s asthma?
  • What support does a child living with asthma need in their daily life?
  • What support does a child living with asthma need in school or at the playground?

For more information and to register, visit Asthma Canada

Can The Moblees™ Move Canadian Children?

Investigating the Impact of a Television Program on Children's Physical Activity


The effects of messaging about physical activity and sedentary behavior purposefully integrated into children's TV programming on children's behavior is unknown. The Moblees is a Canadian childrens' show that explicitly promotes physical activity. Two studies were conducted to (1) examine whether children were more physically active when watching a Moblees episode, and (2) explore parental perceptions of the show.

Visit Frontiers in Public Health to read the article for free, or download the PDF

Register now! 7th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity

This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of professionals working in the field of childhood and adolescent obesity. The 7th conference will focus on a range of topics that impact the prevention and treatment of obesity beyond the clinic setting, considering the broader social and environmental factors that influence the health of children, adolescents, and families. This multi-theme meeting will explore the role that health care professionals can play in promoting healthy strategies within the greater community to enhance the well-being of children and adolescents living with obesity. Specifically, the conference will showcase examples of successful collaborations that span diverse settings, including the health care system, government, schools, and community at-large.

Nutrition Resource Centre Forum 2018: Registration & Call for Abstracts Open


Growing concerns about unhealthy eating habits, including consuming too many processed foods and beverages, and the lack of food literacy in children, youth and adults have inspired this year’s theme - Unpacking Food Literacy. Join the Nutrition Resource Centre at their 2018 forum as the latest research and tools are shared to help consumers make healthier food choices. 

At this event, you will learn:

  • how food literacy is defined and its components
  • the current state of food literacy and what programming is happening in Ontario and beyond
  • the latest research and strategies to impact and evaluate behavior change through food literacy programs, policies and interventions 

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to hear from and network with health professionals, service providers, educators, students, researchers, government decision makers and food literacy champions.

Preliminary program coming soon!

Check out their registration page if you're interested in attending here. Fees are outlined on the webpage and don't miss out on the early bird rates, which will run until Friday, August 31, 2018.

To see more information on how to submit an abstract, click here. The deadline for abstracts is Thursday, August 30, 2018.

If you've got any questions, feel free to contact