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Our History

Obesity-related research began in the CHEO Research Institute with a part-time researcher in 2001 and shortly thereafter with the hiring of an endocrinologist with a research interest in childhood obesity. This research direction was initiated in response to the escalating obesity crisis and the increasing complexity of related co-morbidities. The Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) was established in 2007 and rapid growth in the group occurred since that time. In 2010, the new HALO logo was developed. The HALO Wall of Fame (a legacy of staff/volunteers/visitors who have been a part of HALO since its inception) was also unveiled in November 2010 and can be found in the HALO laboratory. In 2011 HALO unveiled a plaque to recognize graduate students who have been trained by HALO researchers.

Halo’s Vision

HALO will…

Provide international leadership and research excellence in healthy active living and obesity in children and youth.

Halo’s Mission

HALO will…

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

Research

  • 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.

Leadership

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 in children and youth.

Knowledge Translation

Show leadership and innovation in translating, disseminating and mobilizing child-focused healthy active living and obesity research.

Partnership

Use municipal, provincial, national and international partnerships to create, promote, sustain and evaluate healthy active living initiatives that impact children and youth.

Advocacy

Serve as a professional, informed and authoritative voice to promote healthy active living and prevent, manage and treat obesity in children and youth.

Good Governance

Be effective, efficient and transparent in all aspects of our work.