Articles + Reports

British Columbia’s Continuum for the prevention, management, and treatment of health issues related to overweight and obesity in children and youth.

The Continuum document was created through a collaboration between the Childhood Obesity Foundation, Child Health BC and the BC Ministry of Health. The Continuum presents BC’s approach for the promotion of healthy weights and management of overweight and obesity-related health issues in children and youth. Click here to read the report.

Taxation of Sugary Drinks

New research by the University of Waterloo commissioned by leading health organizations reveals an excise levy on companies that produce sugary drinks would go far in reducing death, disability, and health care costs. This adds to the growing body of international evidence that supports the health and economic benefits of a sugary drink levy.

Read the report here

MEND Scale Up and Implementation

There is a growing body of evidence pointing to the benefits of family-based intervention programs for children who are departing from the healthy weight trajectory. MEND is a family-based intervention from the United Kingdom that was offered in British Columbia between 2013 and 2017. The MEND Scale Up and Implementation 2014-2016 Evaluation Report focuses on programs implemented from July 2014 to June 2016. The MEND Scale Up and Implementation 2014-2016 Evaluation Report builds on the findings from the earlier Shifting the Destination by Shifting the Trajectory Evaluation Report, which includes MEND evaluation findings from April 2013 to June 2014.

Childhood Healthy Weights Intervention Initiative

The Childhood Obesity Foundation and it’s partners are excited to share the Childhood Healthy Weights Intervention Initiative final evaluation report titled ‘Childhood Healthy Weights Intervention Initiative: Shifting the Destination by Shifting the Trajectory’ along with an Executive Summary to the Report. The report concludes that the Initiative successfully used a family-focused, multi-agency approach to address childhood obesity. It presents cumulative evaluation findings for the province-wide scale-up of Shapedown BC and MEND programs delivered from Winter 2013 through Spring 2014, the first four cycles of the Initiative. It shares program-specific highlights and lessons learned (February 2016).

We are pleased to share a copy of the Evaluation Presentation titled, “Evaluating a multi-faceted healthy weights demonstration project in BC: Transforming apples and oranges into a delicious fruit salad” that was shared at the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference in November 2015.

We are happy to present the progress report on the Childhood Healthy Weights Intervention Initiative “Our Journey” | March 2014

February 1, 2017 – Heart & Stroke wants Canadians to know as far as nutrition is concerned, the kids are not alright; our children and youth are bombarded with ads for unhealthy products all day, every day, influencing their food and beverage choices. This is having a devastating effect on their health and setting up conflict at home.  Read their report, here: or visit to take action.

LIVE 5-2-1-0!


or more veggies and fruit per day


no more than two hours of screen time a day

hour of physical activity or more per day


no sugary drinks