The Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute turns 10 this year! As a result, this year’s annual report has an expanded photo gallery and a more nostalgic feel – we hope you enjoy it. We are located on the second floor of CHEO Research Institute building 1; if you get a chance, come by to visit and say happy anniversary!

HALO had another successful and productive year in 2016, with clear evidence that we are having a positive impact on the lives of children and youth in Ottawa, Ontario, across Canada and around the world. Furthermore, we are proud to promote HALO as a desirable workplace where excellence is expected, teamwork is the norm, a feeling of being part of a family is cultivated, and regular physical activity is promoted. Some “brag bullet” highlights for HALO from 2016 are below, we:

  • Published 84 peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Delivered 113 research, scholarly and professional presentations in 10 countries
  • Were featured in the media >600 times with an estimated 250 million media impressions
  • Signed inter-institutional Memoranda of Understanding with the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA, USA; the University of Copenhagen, Denmark; State University of Maringá, Maringá, Brazil
  • Hosted visiting scholars and students from France and Spain
  • Celebrated the marriage of Kevin and Karine and the engagement of Justin and Whitney

Over the past 10 years HALO has published 606 peer-reviewed manuscripts that have been cited >15,000 times! We have made >1,050 research and professional presentations and have been awarded >$14,500,000 in research-related funding. See page 2 for a brief summary of specific HALO accomplishments that are examples of large-scale practice-changing research. While we are just entering our tween years, we are very proud of our accomplishments during our childhood.

Through research, leadership, knowledge translation, partnerships, training and education, and advocacy HALO works diligently to promote and preserve healthy active lifestyles while managing and treating childhood inactivity and obesity. As an identified area of focus, HALO benefits from the extensive support of the CHEO Research Institute, CHEO Foundation and CHEO itself. This Annual Report provides a catalogue of the activities and accomplishments made by HALO in 2016 which are intended to inform partners, stakeholders, funders, potential students and staff, and other interested parties about our group. It is available in print form upon request and also on our website at www.haloresearch.ca. HALO remains indebted to the donors, contributors, researchers, stakeholders, alumni and partners, who fund, facilitate, support and synergize our efforts. To all of you, please accept our most sincere thanks and join us in celebrating our 10th anniversary!

Best wishes for a healthy, active 2017.

Mark Tremblay, Ph.D., D.Litt. (hons), FACSM, CSEP-CEP
Director, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO), CHEO Research Institute
Professor/Scientist, Department of Pediatrics, University of Ottawa
Chair, Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance