The Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) is located within the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute (Ottawa, Canada). HALO provides international leadership and research excellence in healthy active living for the promotion of health and wellness in children and youth, including the prevention, management and treatment of obesity. The HALO team is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of research scientists, clinicians, research staff, administrative support personnel, graduate and practicum students, post-doctoral fellows and medical interns and residents. Working with local, provincial, national and international partners and stakeholders, HALO is committed to advancing the understanding and importance of promoting healthy active living, with a mission to preserve, enhance and restore the health and wellness of our most precious resource, our children.
Our History and Impact
HALO was established in 2007 in response to the escalating obesity crisis and the increasing complexity of related co-morbidities. Today the HALO team consists of 17 staff (including 6 researchers), a childhood obesity clinical team (Centre for Healthy Active Living), 13 graduate students, and many community volunteers.
Some of our practice-changing contributions include:
- Development of the Kenyan International Development Study – Canadian Activity Needs Research Alliance (KIDS-CAN)
- Development of the Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy
- Development of the first ever Canadian Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
- Creation of the Sedentary Behaviour Research Network
- Contribution to the development of the Canadian Obesity Network’s (CON) 5 As of Healthy Pregnancy Weight Gain
- Creation of the Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance
- Creation of the Centre for Healthy Active Living (CHAL)
- Development of the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines
- Co-creation of the Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
- Development of the Active Healthy Kids Canada Position Stand on Active Video Games for Children and Youth
- Development of an “Obesity in Preconception and Pregnancy” Resource for maternity care providers
- Leadership/contribution to Ottawa Public Health’s Childcare Healthy Eating and Active Living Guidelines
Click here to download the HALO fact sheet (available in French and English).
Provide international leadership and research excellence as it relates to healthy active living and obesity in children and youth.
Be a multidisciplinary centre of excellence in healthy active living and obesity research for children and youth that will:
- Advance the understanding and promotion of health and wellness where children live, play, and learn.
- Develop, evaluate, and mobilize innovative strategies to prevent, manage, and treat obesity and lifestyle-related diseases.
Halo’s Lines of Business
- Promote and assess healthy active living among children and youth.
- Identify, examine and address environmental, behavioural, psychosocial, and biological factors related to healthy active living and obesity in children and youth.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to prevent, manage, and treat obesity and lifestyle-related diseases in children and youth.
Be a credible, innovative, and authoritative source for child-focused healthy active living and obesity research, information and planning.
Training and Education
Be an internationally recognized centre for trainees, researchers and professionals interested in healthy active living and obesity research, leadership and advocacy for children and youth.
Show leadership and innovation in translating, disseminating, and mobilizing child-focused health active living and obesity research.
Use municipal, provincial, national, and international partnerships to create, promote, and evaluate healthy active living initiatives for children and youth.
Serve as a professional, informed, and authoritative voice to promote healthy active living and prevent obesity in children and youth.
Be effective, efficient, and transparent in all aspects of our work.