HEALYAC 2022-2023: Meeting #6
New Study: Examining the Social and Built Environment Factors Influencing Children’s Independent Use of Their Neighborhoods and the Experience of Local Settings as Child-Friendly
New HEAL Study: ‘Ahhh it was like paradise, but inside’: children’s experiences and perceptions of a free physical activity program
New Study: Children’s Physical Activity during COVID-19 in Ontario, Canada: Parents’ Perspectives
New HEAL Study: Applicability of the Socioecological Model for Understanding and Reducing Consumption of Ultra-Processed Foods in Canada
HEALYAC 2022-2023: Meeting #6https://theheal.ca/2023/01/healyac-2022-2023-meeting-6/ - copy
HEALYAC 2022-2023: Meeting #6

This week, members participated in an icebreaker activity wherein they were asked to tell two truths and a lie about their experiences over the winter break. Members were then divided into breakout rooms,...

New Study: Examining the Social and Built Environment Factors Influencing Children’s Independent Use of Their Neighborhoods and the Experience of Local Settings as Child-Friendlyhttps://theheal.ca/2023/01/new-study-examining-the-social-and-built-environment-factors-influencing-childrens-independent-use-of-their-neighborhoods-and-the-experience-of-local-settings-as-child-friendly/ - copy
New Study: Examining the Social and Built Environment Factors Influencing Children’s Independent Use of Their Neighborhoods and the Experience of Local Settings as Child-Friendly

A team of researchers led by with recently published an article entitled: “Examining the Social and Built Environment Factors Influencing Children’s Independent Use of Their Neighborhoods and the Experience...

New HEAL Study: ‘Ahhh it was like paradise, but inside’: children’s experiences and perceptions of a free physical activity programhttps://theheal.ca/2023/01/new-heal-study-ahhh-it-was-like-paradise-but-inside-childrens-experiences-and-perceptions-of-a-free-physical-activity-program/ - copy
New HEAL Study: ‘Ahhh it was like paradise, but inside’: children’s experiences and perceptions of a free physical activity program

A team of researchers led by with Kristen Reilly, , , and recently published an article entitled: “‘Ahhh it was like paradise, but inside’: children’s experiences and perceptions of a free physical activity...

New Study: Children’s Physical Activity during COVID-19 in Ontario, Canada: Parents’ Perspectiveshttps://theheal.ca/2022/12/new-study-childrens-physical-activity-during-covid-19-in-ontario-canada-parents-perspectives/ - copy
New Study: Children’s Physical Activity during COVID-19 in Ontario, Canada: Parents’ Perspectives

A team of researchers led by Monika Szpunar with Kendall Saravanamuttoo, Leigh M Vanderloo, Brianne A Bruijns, Stephanie Truelove, Shauna M Burke, , Jennifer D Irwin, and recently published an article...

New HEAL Study: Applicability of the Socioecological Model for Understanding and Reducing Consumption of Ultra-Processed Foods in Canadahttps://theheal.ca/2022/12/new-heal-study-applicability-of-the-socioecological-model-for-understanding-and-reducing-consumption-of-ultra-processed-foods-in-canada/ - copy
New HEAL Study: Applicability of the Socioecological Model for Understanding and Reducing Consumption of Ultra-Processed Foods in Canada

A team of researchers led by with and recently published an article entitled: “Applicability of the Socioecological Model for Understanding and Reducing Consumption of Ultra-Processed Foods in Canada”Ultra-processed...

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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.

Parents’ perceptions of their children’s physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ostermeier, E., Tucker, P., Tobin, D., Clark, A., & Gilliland, J.

Intake of Fruits, Vegetables, and Sugar-Sweetened Beverages among a Sample of Children in Rural Northern Ontario, Canada

Button, B., McEachern, L., Martin, G., & Gilliland, J.

The Proof Is in the Pudding: Using a Randomized Controlled Trial to Evaluate the Long-Term Effectiveness of a Household Food Waste Reduction Intervention During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Everitt, H., van der Werf, P., Seabrook, J., & Gilliland, J.