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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(4), 1343-1354; doi:10.3390/ijerph9041343
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Paediatric Obesity Research in Early Childhood and the Primary Care Setting: The TARGet Kids! Research Network

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1 Division of Paediatric Medicine, Department of Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8, Canada 2 Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8, Canada 3 The Applied Health Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge, Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, 30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8, Canada 4 Division of Cardiology, Department of Pediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON M5G 1X8, Canada
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Received: 2 December 2011 / Revised: 4 January 2012 / Accepted: 4 January 2012 / Published: 16 April 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Childhood Obesity: Prevention and Treatment)
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Abstract

Primary paediatric health care is the foundation for preventative child health. In light of the recent obesity epidemic, paediatricians find themselves at the frontline of identification and management of childhood obesity. However, it is well recognized that evidence based approaches to obesity prevention and subsequent translation of this evidence into practice are critically needed. This paper explores the role of primary care in obesity prevention and introduces a novel application and development of a primary care research network in Canada—TARGet Kids!—to develop and translate an evidence-base on effective screening and prevention of childhood obesity.
Keywords: obesity; pre-school; childhood; primary care; prevention obesity; pre-school; childhood; primary care; prevention
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Morinis, J.; Maguire, J.; Khovratovich, M.; McCrindle, B.W.; Parkin, P.C.; Birken, C.S. Paediatric Obesity Research in Early Childhood and the Primary Care Setting: The TARGet Kids! Research Network. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9, 1343-1354.

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