New Publication: Playing with Poetry, Poetic Representation of Research in Children’s Geographies of Nature and Adventurous Play
New Publication: Playing with Poetry, Poetic Representation of Research in Children’s Geographies of Nature and Adventurous Play

Children’s interaction with nature is known to be beneficial to their physical, mental, and social well-being, all of which have been documented from a traditional approach.  The research team, composed...

Congratulations to HEAL graduate Dr Paul van der Werf ⁦for his successful PhD defense!
Congratulations to HEAL graduate Dr Paul van der Werf ⁦for his successful PhD defense!

Congratulations to HEAL's ⁦for his successful PhD defense on his research focusing on methods to reduce the production of food waste.London households throw out $600/year of avoidable food waste, worth...

Dr. Gilliland and HEAL Team attends NRC 2018 forum, “Unpacking Food Literacy”
Dr. Gilliland and HEAL Team attends NRC 2018 forum, “Unpacking Food Literacy”

and attended the forum today where they gave a presentation on our novel smartphone app called which provides users with credible information about local foods (e.g., seasonality, nutrition, preparation,...

Kids in Food Swamps
Kids in Food Swamps

Dr. Leia Minaker from the University of Waterloo presents 'Kids in cities, kids in towns. Kids in food swamps: drown, drown, drown'https://vimeo.com/284196336The Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop...

New Publication: Context Matters, Examining children’s perceived barriers to physical activity across varying Canadian environments
New Publication: Context Matters, Examining children’s perceived barriers to physical activity across varying Canadian environments

An important aspect of a child’s upbringing is being involved in physical activity (PA). However, every child does not get an equal opportunity to be able to do PA. This research helps provide insight...

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The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory is a state-of-the-art, inter-disciplinary research and training environment 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. We examine social and physical environments from the scale of entire regions down to the level of individual buildings or open spaces and their inhabitants. We specialize in community-based participatory research and applications of GIS for urban planning and public health.

Children’s perspectives on neighbourhood barriers and enablers to active school travel: A participatory mapping study

Wilson K, Coen S. E., Piaskoski A., Gilliland J. A.

The quantity of food waste in the garbage stream of southern Ontario, Canada households.

*van der Werf, P., Seabrook, J., Gilliland, J.

Supporting active school travel: A qualitative analysis of implementing a regional Safe Routes to school program

Adrian Buttazzoni, Stephanie E. Coen, Jason A. Gilliland