TTV Blog 8 – Importance of Perspective by Laila Girum

The aspect of my role as a co-researcher on the TTV project is the value of opinion. When it first came to the idea of vaping, I was nervous that I wouldn’t be able to speak on anything because I have...

HEALYAC 2020 – 2021 Year End Review

On June 11th, 2021 the HEALYAC 2020 - 2021 had their final meeting. They reflected on the activities and events of the year. The HEAL is very grateful for the council members and everything that they have...

FRESHER Project Manager Chats with the London Free Press About Food Delivery During the Pandemic

“Restaurants hammered by fees charged by popular food delivery apps soon may have a local takeout delivery alternative.” – London Free Press, Project Manager on the HEAL’s , chats with the London Free...

Is The Pandemic Changing Our Relationship With Parks and Cities?

HEAL PhD student, chats with Chris dela Torre from CBC News about the role of parks and public spaces within cities during the pandemic.To listen to this segment click ....

New HEAL Study: Exercise Capacity and Its Relationship with Body Composition and Nutrition Status in Patients with Interstitial Lung Disease

A team of researchers led by Sylvia Rinaldi with Jason Gilliland, Colleen O’Connor, Jamie A. Seabrook, Marco Mura, and Janet Madill published a study entitled: “Exercise Capacity and Its Relationship with...

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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.