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For patients and their families
CHEO clinicians and researchers are committed to helping CHEO patients be their healthiest! We know that means much more than the medicines or treatments needed for each illness or injury. Health is about the whole person, not just the newest diagnosis. We think about physical health and mental health, and how they work together to provide each child with the highest possible quality of life.

Many scientists and clinicians at CHEO are evaluating the impact of physical activity on the health of children. Check out our Current Research page to learn more about these innovative projects.

Many children and youth who come to CHEO find it difficult to be physically active, to maintain their fitness, or to enjoy active play opportunities with their friends. CHEO patients who would like to have the support of a physical activity counsellor should ask their doctor to refer them to Healthier CHEO Kids Physical Activity Counselling services - see below.

Want to learn more about physical activity for children and youth? Check out these links!

CSEP Physical Activity Guidelines
CSEP Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines
Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability

Physical Activity Counselling
Physical activity counselling is provided to CHEO patients upon referral from their physician. Dr. Pat Longmuir supervises the work of physical activity counselling interns from the Physical Activity and Intervention Counselling Master of Human Kinetics programme at the University of Ottawa, School of Human Kinetics. Individualized counselling sessions are available free of charge from April to August each year. Counselling can be provided to 20 to 30 patients each year, with counsellors assigned on a first come, first served basis.

Physical activity counselling services are offered to CHEO patients, either alone or with their family. The counselling services available, in both English and French, include: 
  • Increasing motivation for physical activity and active play
  • Enhancing fitness or physical activity through a personal activity plan
  • Building confidence and/or skill for physical activity participation
  • Relaxation and stress management techniques
  • Positive mental attitudes and/or living skills
  • Enhanced goal setting, concentration or focus
The time and location of counselling sessions are arranged directly with each patient, and may be held at CHEO, other locations or via Skype. The number of counselling sessions will be determined by the needs and interests of each patient. For some patients, 1 or 2 sessions are all that is required. More typically, sessions occur weekly for 6 to 8 weeks.

Link to counselling referral form
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