New Study: Parents’ perceptions of their children’s physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic
New Study: Intake of Fruits, Vegetables, and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages among a Sample of Children in Rural Northern Ontario, Canada
New Study: Who’s cooking tonight? A time-use study of coupled adults in Toronto, Canada
New Study: Junk Food Accessibility After 10 Years of a Restrictive Food Environment Zoning Policy Around Schools
HEALYAC 2021-2022 Year End Review
New Study: Parents’ perceptions of their children’s physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemichttps://theheal.ca/2022/08/new-study-parents-perceptions-of-their-childrens-physical-activity-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/ - copy
New Study: Parents’ perceptions of their children’s physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic

A team of researchers led by Emma Ostermeier with , , , and recently published an article entitled: “Parents’ perceptions of their children’s physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic.”COVID-19 has...

New Study: Intake of Fruits, Vegetables, and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages among a Sample of Children in Rural Northern Ontario, Canadahttps://theheal.ca/2022/07/new-study-intake-of-fruits-vegetables-and-sugar-sweetened-beverages-among-a-sample-of-children-in-rural-northern-ontario-canada/ - copy
New Study: Intake of Fruits, Vegetables, and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages among a Sample of Children in Rural Northern Ontario, Canada

A team of researchers led by Brenton Button with , , and recently published an article entitled: “Intake of Fruits, Vegetables, and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages among a Sample of Children in Rural Northern...

New Study: Who’s cooking tonight? A time-use study of coupled adults in Toronto, Canadahttps://theheal.ca/2022/07/new-study-whos-cooking-tonight-a-time-use-study-of-coupled-adults-in-toronto-canada/ - copy
New Study: Who’s cooking tonight? A time-use study of coupled adults in Toronto, Canada

A team of researchers led by Bochu Liu with Michael Widener, Lindsey Smith, Steven Farber, Dionne Gesink, , Zachary Patterson, Kristian Larsen, and recently published an article entitled: “Who’s cooking...

New Study: Junk Food Accessibility After 10 Years of a Restrictive Food Environment Zoning Policy Around Schoolshttps://theheal.ca/2022/06/new-study-junk-food-accessibility-after-10-years-of-a-restrictive-food-environment-zoning-policy-around-schools/ - copy
New Study: Junk Food Accessibility After 10 Years of a Restrictive Food Environment Zoning Policy Around Schools

A team of researchers led by Lindsey Soon with and recently published an article entitled: “Junk Food Accessibility After 10 Years of a Restrictive Food Environment Zoning Policy Around Schools.”Zoning...

HEALYAC 2021-2022 Year End Reviewhttps://theheal.ca/2022/06/healyac-2021-2022-year-in-review/ - copy
HEALYAC 2021-2022 Year End Review

On June 9th, 2021, the HEALYAC 2021-2022 had their final meeting. The HEAL is very grateful for the council members and everything that they have contributed to the lab. HEALYAC members’ perspectives and...

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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.

How Neighbourhood Food Environments and a Pay-as-You-Throw (PAYT) Waste Program Impact Household Food Waste Disposal in the City of Toronto

van der Werf, P., Larsen, K., Seabrook, J.A., & Gilliland, J.

Examining Factors of Accelerometer‐Measured Sedentary Time in a Sample of Rural Canadian Children

Button, B, Martin, G, Clark, A, Graat, M, Gilliland, J.

Measuring temporal differences in rural Canadian children’s moderate to vigorous physical activity

Button, B.L.G, Clark, A.F., Martin, G., Graat, M., & Gilliland, J.A.