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Tim Hutchinson, MSW, MPH
Director, Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention Division,
The Public Health Agency of Canada
Ottawa, ON, Canada
Chronic Diseases in High Risk Populations
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
11:00 - 11:30 am

Abstract:  One of the most burdensome high risk populations in Canada today are those who are overweight or obese.  Excess adiposity contributes to the development and exacerbation of our most prevalent and/or costly chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes and some cancers.  Overweight/obesity rates are also higher in populations traditionally considered “high risk”, particularly aboriginal populations in Canada.  A major driver of obesity in Canada is the diet of Canadians.  What people eat is shaped by the environments within which choices are made.  The main dietary drivers of obesity will be highlighted.  Current governmental actions and potential future directions for industry to help change food environments will be explored. 

Mr. Hutchinson’s portfolio includes responsibility for the Renewed Canadian Diabetes Strategy, the Cardiovascular Program, and knowledge dissemination and exchange on intervention-based best practices in chronic disease prevention and control.

He received a graduate education in Public Administration and Social Work. He has over 20 years experience in health care and social services, encompassing the tertiary, acute, ambulatory, rehabilitation and long-term care
sectors. He has held Administrative Director positions in surgical, radiation, medical and community oncology programs at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre and The Ottawa Hospital.

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