Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium: Moving Research to Action for Healthy Kids

Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium: Moving Research to Action for Healthy Kids

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre Western University; London, Canada
26th June 2017

An incredible group of speakers from across North America came to London June 2017 to share their latest work and insights related to children’s health and the built environment in 3 key areas: access to healthy food, promoting healthy physical activity including active travel and play, and healthy outdoor play and mobility. We are inviting practitioners, policymakers, health promoters and providers, community service and care providers, designers and planners, educators and all others interested in providing healthy built environments for children, to join us for this informative and collaborative workshop. Collectively we will work to move evidence from research and successful interventions into action that will provide healthier environments for children in all communities.

Purpose

The purpose of the workshop is to provide an effective forum for knowledge exchange and relationship building among leading researchers, policymakers, and practitioners concerned with children’s health and the built environment. This intimate workshop and symposium will feature presentations on the latest in research evidence around healthy children’s environments, as well as successful initiatives and interventions taking place around the world. Collectively we will discuss strategies for utilizing evidence from research and interventions to drive environmental and policy change, and to outline an action plan for next steps.

Overview of Workshop & Symposium

The last 10 years has produced the largest body of evidence to date verifying that the physical environments of children’s homes, schools, neighbourhoods and cities can profoundly impact their healthy development. It is now time to translate this research knowledge into decisive action – to guide interventions, direct new practices, and support policy changes that will provide healthier, safer and more vibrant communities for our children.

In 2010, the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) of Western University hosted an international workshop on Children’s Health and the Environment to solicit the latest in research efforts, and to identify gaps in knowledge and evidence. In June 2017, the HEAL will once again gather an international group of leading researchers, practitioners and policymakers in London, Ontario to examine how research evidence is underscoring successful interventions, informing best practices and providing healthier environments for children in Canada and around the world.

Each day of this 3-day workshop will focus on a key issue related to children’s healthy environments. Day 1 will explore practices and policies that improve children ‘s access to healthy food environments, including at school and in their communities. Day 2 will focus on efforts to create home, school and community environments for healthy physical activity, including active travel and active play. Day 3 will emphasize initiatives and practices creating healthy outdoor and natural environments, including strategies for improving children’s access to nature and ‘risky’ outdoor environments.

This 3-day international workshop aims to provide an engaging and effective forum for knowledge exchange and mobilization between a cross-disciplinary group of researchers, practitioners and policymakers concerned with healthy environments for children and youth. Workshop participants will hear of successful initiatives and interventions taking place around the world, and will collectively discuss strategies for utilizing evidence from research and interventions to drive environmental and policy change.

Who Attended?

The audience for this workshop included a diverse group of Canadian and international researchers, policymakers and practitioners who are concerned with providing environments supportive of the health and well-being of children and youth. The paper sessions, roundtable discussions, poster sessions, and planned networking opportunities will be of particular interest to policymakers, professionals and academics in the fields of architecture, education, epidemiology, geography, landscape architecture, planning, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology. We are planning for a diversity of participants, as one of the desired outcomes of this workshop is the initiation of new interdisciplinary research or project teams to pursue additional interventions or initiatives aimed at improving the quality of built environments for children and youth.

Our Primary Sponsor for this event was The Lawson Foundation.

 

Podcasts From the Event:

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How does free access to recreation opportunities impact children’s physical activity levels?

February 18, 2019

Dr. Jason Gilliland and Dr. Andrew Clark from Western University and the HEALab, team up with Josh Archer from the City of London to present 'How does free access to recreation opportunities impact children's...

Improving Aboriginal Child and Youth Outcomes through the Promoting Life Skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program

February 4, 2019

Linnaea Jasiuk from Right to Play presents 'Improving Aboriginal Child and Youth Outcomes through the Promoting Life Skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program' at CHEWSThe Children’s Health and the Environment...

Supporting Physical Activity in Childcare Environments

January 21, 2019

Dr. Trish Tucker from Western University presents 'Supporting Physical Activity in Childcare Environments' at CHEWS.The Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium (CHEWS) was held at...

Healthy Communities and Planning for the Public Realm

January 7, 2019

Loretta Ryan from the Ontario Professional Planners Institute presents 'Healthy Communities and Planning for the Public Realm' at CHEWS.The Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium...

Rural and Remote Community Environments & Health: A Canadian Call to Action

December 24, 2018

Dr. Candice Nykiforuk from the University of Alberta presents 'Rural and Remote Community Environments & Health: A Canadian Call to Action' at CHEWS.The Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop...

Advancing Intervention to Reduce Risk of Obesity in Children

December 10, 2018

Dr. Dan Rainham from Dalhousie University presents 'Advancing Intervention to Reduce Risk of Obesity in Children' at CHEWS.The Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium (CHEWS) was...

What’s in a Policy: Variation among Provincial School Food and Nutrition Policies in Canada

November 26, 2018

In this presentation, Dr. Mary McKenna and Suchitra Roy from the University of New Brunswick compare and highlight the variations that exist between provincial food policies across Canada.The Children’s...

Kids in Food Swamps

November 12, 2018

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...

Food Environment Policy Impacts on Children

October 29, 2018

In this video, Dr. Lana Vanderlee from the University of Toronto presents 'Food environment impacts on children: International and Canadian perspectives.'The Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop...

The Use of Awards and Incentives to Encourage the Adoption of Supportive Environmental Practices

October 15, 2018

Dr. Anita Cramp from Middlesex-London Health Unit and Nadine Devin from Middlesex Country HKCC present 'The Use of Awards and Incentives to Encourage the Adoption of Supportive Environmental Practices'...

Nutrition Ignition!

October 1, 2018

Dr. Danielle Battram from Brescia University College presents 'Nutrition Ignition! A Comprehensive School-Based Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Program for School-Aged Children and Their Families'...

Recent Interventions of the Ontario Student Nutrition Program Southwest

September 17, 2018

Stephanie Segave presents 'Recent Interventions of the Ontario Student Nutrition Program Southwest' at CHEWS.The Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium (CHEWS) was held at Western...

Growing Chefs! Ontario

September 3, 2018

Andrew Fleet from Growing Chefs! Ontario discusses filling gaps in food education from the front lines.The Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium (CHEWS) was held at Western University...

Supporting Parents of Preschoolers in Creating Healthy Home Environments

August 20, 2018

Dr. Jess Haines from the University of Guelph presents 'Supporting Parents of Preschoolers in Creating Healthy Home Environments' at CHEWS.The Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium...

Lessons for Children’s Food Environments at Home and at School

August 6, 2018

Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer from the University of Saskatchewan presents 'Lessons for Children's Food Environments at Home and at School: Contexts and Interventions for Health Equity' at CHEWS.The Children’s...

School Nutrition Programs

July 23, 2018

Dr. Sarah Woodruff, from the University of Windsor, presents School Nutrition Programs: Lesson learned from evaluating the Northern Fruit and Vegetable Program.The Children’s Health and the Environment...

The Khanawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Program

July 9, 2018

In this talk from the CHEWS conference, Adriana Poulette and Kaylia Marquis discuss how the Khanawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Program is changing community.The Children’s Health and the Environment...

Creative Collaborations in Education for Healthy Outcomes

June 25, 2018

In this engaging presentation, titled Creative Collaborations in Education for Health Outcomes!, Rachel Schofield Martin presents many innovative ideas for nutrition and health education being deployed...

Research into action for healthy food environments

June 11, 2018

Donna Smith, RD, from the OPHA Nutrition Resource Centre, presents: The Nutrition Resource: Facilitating research into action to create healthy food environments for children and youth.The Children’s Health...

Retail Food Environments in Recreation Settings

May 29, 2018

Ellen Gregg, RD, Region of Waterloo, presents Addressing the Retail Food Environment in Recreation Settings in Southwestern Ontario.The Children’s Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium (CHEWS)...

Dr. Jason Gilliland and Dr. Sean Doherty present SmartAPPetite for Youth

November 20, 2017

Development and Evaluation of a Smartphone Program for Improving Adolescent Food Literacy and Health Eating. Presented by Dr. Sean Doherty (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Dr. Jason Gilliland (Western...

Two Peas in a Pod (Dr. Richard Sadler at CHEWS2017)

August 16, 2017

In this talk from CHEWS2017, Dr. Richard Sadler from Michigan State University presents his work on “Improving health food access via the colocation of the Hurley Pediatric Clinic with the Flint Farmers’...

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