HEAL youth advisory council calls to prohibit vaping in schools
HEAL youth advisory council calls to prohibit vaping in schools

London’s youth are troubled by the rising prevalence of vaping in public schools and are calling on local, provincial and federal governments to do something about it.The from London, Ontario informs...

The Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Pilot Project
The Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) Pilot Project

In this presentation, Brenda Simon from Earth Day Canada presents: The Outdoor Play and Learning (OPAL) pilot project: Bringing adventure play to recess and lunch hour.The Children’s Health and the Environment...

Geographic accessibility to primary care providers: Comparing rural and urban areas in Southwestern Ontario
Geographic accessibility to primary care providers: Comparing rural and urban areas in Southwestern Ontario

Primary care is the level of a health system that provides the first point of access to health related needs and problems, providing person-focused care over time in a continuous and coordinated fashion....

Thriving Outside: Supportig healthy outdoor play and nature engagement
Thriving Outside: Supportig healthy outdoor play and nature engagement

In this video, Cam Collyer and Heidi Campbell from Evergreen and Dr. Janet Loebach present: Thriving Outside: Supporting healthy outdoor play ad nature engagement through naturalized school playgrounds.The...

Program leads 10,000 kids to active living
Program leads 10,000 kids to active living

The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) was recently featured by Western News for their work on the . The ACT-i-Pass provides grade five students in London free access to recreational programs...

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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.