Medavie Health Foundation donates $1.25 million to support innovative new children’s health initiative at Trillium Health Partners

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Trillium Health Partners Foundation is very proud to announce a $1.25 million gift from Medavie Health Foundation in support of Trillium Health Partners’ innovative and ground breaking KidFit Program. The newly launched KidFit Program will leverage Trillium Health Partners’ broad community partnerships to create a coordinated network of care that will empower children, and their families, to live healthier lifestyles. The community initiative will focus on the screening, prevention and sustainable self-management of type 2 diabetes with a goal to improve weight management and break the cycle of childhood obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression and anxiety. Support for this program represents Medavie Health Foundation’s first major partnership initiative in Ontario.

“We are extremely proud of our new partnership with Medavie Health Foundation and extremely grateful for their support for this role model program,” says Steve Hoscheit, president and CEO, Trillium Health Partners Foundation. “KidFit is a very important program for the health of our community and one that is being looked at to scale across the province. With Medavie’s invaluable support, there is so much we can do to improve the quality of life for the next generation.”

The KidFit Program will support overweight children and adolescents between the ages of 2 and 17. Its goal is to teach these children, and their families, the skills to lead healthy, active lifestyles. The philanthropic investment from Medavie Health Foundation has been complemented by a $400,000 annual investment from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Dr. Ian Zenlea, paediatric endocrinologist, has been recruited from Harvard to be physician lead for the KidFit Program at Trillium Health Partners. The multi-disciplinary team he will be leading includes a dietitian, social worker, exercise specialist, child psychologist, nurse and program manager, Deepy Sur.

Trillium Health Partners is the largest community-based, academically affiliated hospital in Ontario. It is also Peel and Halton regions’ largest provider of both mental health and children’s health services.

“Medavie Health Foundation supports programs that improve the lives of those impacted by child and youth mental health and type 2 diabetes,” explains Kim West, Board Chair, Medavie Health Foundation. “KidFit is a resounding fit with our own focus on funding prevention, early intervention and self-management initiatives, and we are truly excited to support a program that will have a tremendous and lasting impact on the lives of so many children, adolescents and their families.

We are proud to partner with the hospital and the Foundation to make this happen.”

“Overweight and obese children and adolescents are at risk of a range of health problems, including type 2 diabetes and mental health issues,” adds Patty Faith, Executive Director, Medavie Health Foundation. “The KidFit Program will empower people to better manage their health, which aligns with our vision and allows us to partner with an organization that also advocates for healthy change.”

“We believe that although we are a treatment program, we also want to send a really strong message around prevention and healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Ian Zenlea. “A significant component of this program will be conducted in the community. We know that it is challenging for families to come into a hospital setting to receive care and there is a huge stigma attached to childhood overweight and obesity. So we really want them to be in an environment in which they feel comfortable and open and receptive to some of the teaching and knowledge that we’re going to impart upon them.”

“Trillium Health Partners is committed to creating a new kind of health care for a healthier community and you can’t do that without strong investment in children and adolescents,” comments Dr. Zenlea. “We know that the obesity epidemic is increasing in Canada and we need to do something to stop it. We are extremely grateful for Medavie Health Foundation’s support and vision to truly help us make a difference.”

About Medavie Health Foundation:
Medavie Health Foundation is funded by Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie EMS as part of a long-term commitment to make a lasting impact in the communities where our employees and customers live and work. The Foundation is focused on two core causes of particular concern to Canadians – child and youth mental health and type 2 diabetes. It aims to bring organizations and communities together through collaborative multi-year partnerships and to support grassroots, community-based initiatives through an annual grants program. Since late 2011, the Foundation has committed over $6.2 million to single and multi-year grant and partnership programs, some of which have yet to be formally announced. For more information and to sign up for our e-newsletter, visit us at medaviehealthfoundation.ca.

Medavie is proud to commit an annual social dividend of 10 per cent of our net income to the Medavie Health Foundation.

About Trillium Health Partners and Trillium Health Partners Foundation:
Trillium Health Partners, comprised of The Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga Hospital and Queensway Health Centre, is one of the largest community-based academically affiliated acute care facilities in Canada, serving the growing and diverse populations of Mississauga, West Toronto and surrounding communities. Trillium Health Partners Foundation is dedicated to raising the critical funds needed to address the highest priority needs of the hospital To learn more, visit www.trilliumhealthpartners.ca or trilliumgiving.ca

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For more information, please contact:

Catherine Carter
Associate Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Trillium Health Partners Foundation
Office: 905-848-7580, ext. 1694
Mobile: 416-737-8519
catherine.carter@trilliumhealthpartners.ca

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