FRESHER Update

The Food Retail Environment Study for Health and Economic Resiliency (FRESHER) aims to identify the impacts of COVID-19 on the food industry as well as explore the impacts of government programs...

New HEAL study identifies factors associated with household food waste disposal in the City of Toronto

A team of researchers led by HEAL Senior Research Associate with , and , recently published a study entitled:  “How Neighbourhood Food Environments and a Pay-as-You-Throw (PAYT) Waste Program Impact...

Nicolas Woods and Rachel Brown Successfully Defend their MSc Theses

The HEAL would like to congratulate Nicolas Woods and Rachel Brown who successfully defended their theses under the supervision of Dr. Jamie Seabrook in 2020.Nicolas Woods successfully defended his MSc thesis...

HEAL Alumni Profile: Dr. Trish Tucker

Dr. Trish Tucker from Western University shares her work, research, and graduate experience with the HEAL. Trish completed an independent study with Dr. Jason Gilliland at the HEAL when she was in her...

The HEALYAC kickstarted the new term ‘zoom style’ with their orientation

On October 23rd, the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory Youth Advisory Council (HEALYAC) had their orientation for the 2020-21 term, where all members (both new and returning) got to meet via Zoom...

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The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory is a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary research and training environment based at Western University which specializes in the production, evaluation, synthesis, dissemination and mobilization of evidence to support effective policies, programs and professional practice aimed at creating healthy and vibrant communities.

HEAL faculty and students come from various academic disciplines, including geography, sociology, urban planning, engineering, landscape architecture, health sciences, epidemiology & biostatistics, neurosciences, paediatrics, and food and nutritional sciences.

We specialize in applications of geographic information science (GIS) for addressing critical planning and public health issues. We also specialize in community-based research and strive to build authentic and mutually-beneficial partnerships with local community organizations, especially non-profits and charities.

Our Mission 

The HEAL develops and connects highly-skilled researchers to create, disseminate, and mobilize knowledge for making healthy, thriving communities.

Physical activity and social connectedness interventions in outdoor spaces among children and youth: a rapid review

Alexander Wray; Gina Martin; Emma Ostermeier; Alina Medeiros; Malcolm Little; Kristen Reilly; Jason Gilliland

Are we losing sight of the meaning of “evidence-based nutrition?”

Justine R. Horne

Infants’ and toddlers’ physical activity and sedentary time as measured by accelerometry: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Brianne A. Bruijns, Stephanie Truelove, Andrew M. Johnson, Jason Gilliland & Patricia Tucker