HEAL Classic: The effect of season and weather on physical activity
Are you a teen or young adult enrolled in full-time education? Consider participating in our SmartAPPetite Research Study!
New Study: Rethinking walkability and developing a conceptual definition of active living environments to guide research and practice
New Study Examines Residential Greenness and Substance Use among Youth and Young Adults
New Study Compares Household and Individual Measures of Access through a Food Environment Lens
HEAL Classic: The effect of season and weather on physical activityhttps://theheal.ca/2022/05/heal-classic-the-effect-of-season-and-weather-on-physical-activity/ - copy
HEAL Classic: The effect of season and weather on physical activity

In 2007, Paige Tucker and published a study entitled: “The effect of season and weather on physical activity.”Weather conditions can strongly promote or deter physical activity behaviours. This study...

Are you a teen or young adult enrolled in full-time education? Consider participating in our SmartAPPetite Research Study!https://theheal.ca/2022/05/are-you-a-teen-or-young-adult-enrolled-in-full-time-education-consider-participating-in-our-smartappetite-research-study/ - copy
Are you a teen or young adult enrolled in full-time education? Consider participating in our SmartAPPetite Research Study!

The HEAL is currently recruiting teens and young adults to participate in our SmartAPPetite research study. SmartAPPetite is a nutrition and healthy living smartphone app that provides users with scientifically...

New Study: Rethinking walkability and developing a conceptual definition of active living environments to guide research and practicehttps://theheal.ca/2022/04/new-study-rethinking-walkability-and-developing-a-conceptual-definition-of-active-living-environments-to-guide-research-and-practice/ - copy
New Study: Rethinking walkability and developing a conceptual definition of active living environments to guide research and practice

A team of researchers led by Melissa Tobin with Samantha Hajna, Kassia Orychock, Nancy Ross, Megan DeVries, Paul Villeneuve, Lawrence Frank, Gavin McCormack, Rania Wasfi, Madeline Steinmetz-Wood, , Gillian...

New Study Examines Residential Greenness and Substance Use among Youth and Young Adultshttps://theheal.ca/2022/04/new-study-examines-residential-greenness-and-substance-use-among-youth-and-young-adults/ - copy
New Study Examines Residential Greenness and Substance Use among Youth and Young Adults

A team of researchers led by Evan Wiley with , , Kelly Anderson, and recently published a study entitled: “Residential greenness and substance use among youth and young adults: Associations with alcohol,...

New Study Compares Household and Individual Measures of Access through a Food Environment Lenshttps://theheal.ca/2022/03/new-study-compares-household-and-individual-measures-of-access-through-a-food-environment-lens/ - copy
New Study Compares Household and Individual Measures of Access through a Food Environment Lens

A team of researchers led by Lindsey Smith with Michael Widener, Bochu Liu, Steven Farber, , Zachary Patterson, Kristian Larson, and recently published a study entitled: “Comparing Household and Individual...

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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.