HEAL Helps Grow School Fruit & Vegetable Program

Over the past two years the HEAL team has been collaborating with the Ontario Student Nutrition Program of Southwestern Ontario to evaluate the impacts of an innovative centrally-procured school food program in SW Ontario.  The pilot program provided children in 30 schools with healthy, locally-sourced snacks (fruits and vegetables), once per day for 10 weeks.  The […]

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HEAL Award Winner Investigating Food Environments for Teens

Congratulations to HEAL Graduate Research Assistant Drew Bowman who received a Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Drew also received both the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Canadian Association of Geographers Award from the Department of Geography at The University of Western Ontario. […]

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Mental health benefits of interactions with nature in children and teenagers: a systematic review

It is commonly believed that nature has positive impacts on children’s health, including physical, mental, and social dimensions. This paper systematically reviewed how accessibility to, exposure to, and engagement with nature affects the mental health of children and teenagers. The review was conducted by an interdisciplinary team of HEAL researchers, including Suzanne Tillmann (lead author), Dr. Danielle […]

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