How does the built environment relate to preventing cancer? A multidisciplinary scoping review
How does the built environment relate to preventing cancer? A multidisciplinary scoping review

Globally, the increasing rate of preventable cancers suggests a need to understand how features of the built environment shape exposures to and distributions of cancer risk among various populations. In...

Comparing Physical Activity Behavior of Children During School Between Balanced and Traditional School Day Schedules
Comparing Physical Activity Behavior of Children During School Between Balanced and Traditional School Day Schedules

School scheduled breaks aren’t something we typically give much thought to. Take the traditional school day (TSD) of two fifteen minute breaks and a one hour lunch break, the schedule many of which grew...

Considering the impact of contact with nature on attention in children
Considering the impact of contact with nature on attention in children

Dr. Dan Rainham from Dalhousie University presents 'Considering the impact of contact with nature on attention in children'The Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium (CHEWS) was...

HEAL works with community partners for Active & Safe Routes to School sharing event
HEAL works with community partners for Active & Safe Routes to School sharing event

On July 18th, members of the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) were joined by over 40 community partners at Civic Gardens, London for the Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) of St....

In the Eye of the Beholder: Parent and Child Perceptions of Active School Travel
In the Eye of the Beholder: Parent and Child Perceptions of Active School Travel

Engaging both children and their parents is critical to the success of any active school travel (AST) initiative. Yet these two groups frequently have unique and different perceptions and concerns when...

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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.

Is cancer prevention influenced by the built environment? A multidisciplinary scoping review

Wray, A. J. and Minaker, L. M.

Is Active Travel a Breath of Fresh Air? Examining Children’s Exposure to Air Pollution During the School Commute

Gilliland, J., *Maltby, M., *Loebach, J., Xu, X., Luginaah, I., Shah, T.

Promoting Active School Travel in Elementary Schools: A Regional Case Study of the School Travel Planning Intervention

*Buttazzoni A, *Clark A, Seabrook J, Gilliland J.