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Promoting mental health and preventing childhood obesity in Aboriginal communities

September 30, 2010

A toolkit and training workshop to promote mental health and curb childhood obesity in Aboriginal communities has been developed through the Best Start Resource Centre, a Health Nexus program. The project, Let’s Be Healthy Together: Preventing Childhood Obesity in Ontario’s Aboriginal Communities, was led and developed by Aboriginal people from across Ontario with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Melanie Ferris, Aboriginal Health Promotion Consultant at Health Nexus, is providing train-the-trainer workshops to facilitate the use of the toolkit to address issues of mental health and childhood obesity. For more information about the program, visit For a full description of the toolkit and workshops, see “Mental Health and Well-Being: Tools for Those Working with Aboriginal Families in Ontario,” September 27, 2010, available on the Minding Our Bodies website at

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