The Globe and Mail: Canada is a laggard on children’s health. We need to do better – The Sandbox Project

The Globe and Mail's André Picard writes about Canada's ranking when it comes to kids' health and The Sandbox Project

With the desk-banging, heckling and mock outrage that passes for debate in Question Period, the ham-fisted attempts to steal from the cookie jar that is the public treasury and the almost laughable denials of the obvious, the antics of Parliamentarians can, at times, seem childish.

So it is nice to see that someone has thought it fit to set up a big sandbox near Parliament Hill – complete with pails and shovels – and invite MPs and Senators alike to come play.

The “world’s biggest sandbox” (as it is billed) is not designed to mock the foibles of elected officials but rather to engage them, to remind them that, when it comes to kids’ health, Canada can do a lot better.

The Sandbox Project Partner – The Canadian Obesity Network presents: Pediatric Weight Management In Focus

The Canadian Obesity Network announces the Pediatric Weight Management in Focus training session

What: A practical, interdisciplinary training session for primary care clinicians with an interest in enhancing the weight management care they provide to children and youth (and their families) with obesity.

When: April 2-4, 2012

Where: Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC

Who: Any primary care clinician (e.g., dietitians, nurses, psychologists, physicians, kinesiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and social workers)