As a trusted registry, BORN Ontario led the development and implementation of a provincial monitoring system through its Healthy Growth Initiative. BORN Ontario partnered with primary care providers (doctors, nurse practitioners) to get accurate information on pediatric growth (height and growth) from their electronic records.

The Healthy Growth Initiative was developed in response to The Healthy Kids Strategy, which reported that almost one in three children in Ontario are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity can cause serious medical conditions that continue into adulthood.

The overall aim of the strategy is to reduce childhood obesity and to promote the health and well-being of children and youth in Ontario.

BORN's Healthy Growth Initiative goal was to enable public health units, health care practitioners and policy makers to:

  • understand more about childhood growth in Ontario
  • promote and support a healthy life style for children and youth in Ontario

The Healthy Growth Initiative was created in collaboration with eHealth Ontario and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) Healthy Living Branch Child Youth Services.