Human Environments Avalysis Laboratory

Children's Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium: Moving Research to Action for Healthy Kids

Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre
Western University; London, Canada
June 26 - 28, 2017

welcome

An incredible group of speakers from around the world will be coming to London this June to share their latest work and insights related to children's health and the built environment in 3 key areas: access to healthy food, promoting healthy physical activity including active travel and play, and healthy outdoor play and mobility. We are inviting practitioners, policymakers, health promoters and providers, community service and care providers, designers and planners, educators and all others interested in providing healthy built environments for children, to join us for this informative and collaborative workshop. Collectively we will work to move evidence from research and successful interventions into action that will provide healthier environments for children in all communities.

Purpose

The purpose of the workshop is to provide an effective forum for knowledge exchange and relationship building among leading researchers, policymakers, and practitioners concerned with children's health and the built environment. This intimate workshop and symposium will feature presentations on the latest in research evidence around healthy children's environments, as well as successful initiatives and interventions taking place around the world. Collectively we will discuss strategies for utilizing evidence from research and interventions to drive environmental and policy change, and to outline an action plan for next steps.

Overview of Workshop & Symposium

The last 10 years has produced the largest body of evidence to date verifying that the physical environments of children's homes, schools, neighbourhoods and cities can profoundly impact their healthy development. It is now time to translate this research knowledge into decisive action – to guide interventions, direct new practices, and support policy changes that will provide healthier, safer and more vibrant communities for our children.

In 2010, the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) of Western University hosted an international workshop on Children's Health and the Environment to solicit the latest in research efforts, and to identify gaps in knowledge and evidence. In June 2017, the HEAL will once again gather an international group of leading researchers, practitioners and policymakers in London, Ontario to examine how research evidence is underscoring successful interventions, informing best practices and providing healthier environments for children in Canada and around the world.

Each day of this 3-day workshop will focus on a key issue related to children's healthy environments. Day 1 will explore practices and policies that improve children 's access to healthy food environments, including at school and in their communities. Day 2 will focus on efforts to create home, school and community environments for healthy physical activity, including active travel and active play. Day 3 will emphasize initiatives and practices creating healthy outdoor and natural environments, including strategies for improving children's access to nature and 'risky' outdoor environments.

This 3-day international workshop aims to provide an engaging and effective forum for knowledge exchange and mobilization between a cross-disciplinary group of researchers, practitioners and policymakers concerned with healthy environments for children and youth. Workshop participants will hear of successful initiatives and interventions taking place around the world, and will collectively discuss strategies for utilizing evidence from research and interventions to drive environmental and policy change.

Who will be in Attendance?

The audience for this workshop will include a diverse group of Canadian and international researchers, policymakers and practitioners who are concerned with providing environments supportive of the health and well-being of children and youth. The paper sessions, roundtable discussions, poster sessions, and planned networking opportunities will be of particular interest to policymakers, professionals and academics in the fields of architecture, education, epidemiology, geography, landscape architecture, planning, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology. We are planning for a diversity of participants, as one of the desired outcomes of this workshop is the initiation of new interdisciplinary research or project teams to pursue additional interventions or initiatives aimed at improving the quality of built environments for children and youth.

speakers

An international group of researchers, practitioners and policy makers have been invited to report on both the current state of the research evidence and successful environmental or policy interventions that are positively impacting children's health or creating healthier built environments for them. Interactive discussions with speakers will identify ways we can all help to move the research to actions in support of healthy kids and communities.

Confirmed speakers:**More Presenters to Come!**


Day 1:Healthy Food Environments


Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer
Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, University of Saskatoon

Food systems and security; Nutritional health inequalities; Community-based health promotion


Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan. She has a doctorate in Nutrition and her research interests include community food security, food environments and food access, food system sustainability, health promotion, and community-based and participatory research. Dr Engler-Stringer is Principal Investigator on several studies including Smart Cities, Healthy Kids: Food Environment which examined the food environment in Saskatoon for families with children and Good Food for Learning a study examining food eaten in the school context in rural and urban schools in Saskatchewan with and without meal programs. She is also an avid cook and takes great satisfaction from growing some of her own food.

Dr. Mary McKenna & Suchitra Roy
Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick Fredericton

Interventions to improve school nutrition


Mary McKenna, PhD, is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and an Assistant Dean (School of Graduate Studies) at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. She teaches health and interdisciplinary studies and conducts research on school food and nutrition policies. She is active in several groups (locally, provincially and nationally) that promote healthy eating in schools. Dr. McKenna also worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Health Scientist. In 2015, she was the program chair for the Changing the Menu conference in Montreal, the first Canadian conference devoted to school food.

Ms. Suchitra Roy is a second year PhD student in Interdisciplinary studies at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Fredericton. Prior to enrolling at UNB, she worked as a health professional outside Canada. She is interested in research on health promotion and nutrition in schools. Her PhD research will examine the implementation of school nutrition policy in New Brunswick schools. She plans to conduct case studies in schools that provide healthy school food and other positive food-related programs or initiatives. In 2016, she assisted with developing an assessment protocol designed to monitor the current status of implementation of the provincial school nutrition policy and also participated in a number of school visits to collect data for the assessment.

Dr. Richard Sadler
Assistant Professor; Department of Family Medicine/Division of Public Health, Michigan State University

'Healthy food prescription' intervention at pediatric clinic/farmers' market


Dr. Richard Sadler is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Public Health at Michigan State University's Flint campus. His training in GIS and medical geography here at Western University positioned him effectively to serve a critical role in unveiling the Flint Water Crisis by identifying spatial clusters of pediatric elevated blood lead levels within Flint. Building on his existing food systems work and this involvement in the water crisis, his work as an affiliate in the MSU/Hurley Pediatric Public Health Initiative includes evaluating the impact of moving the Hurley Children's Clinic to the Flint Farmers' Market.

Rachel Schofield-Martin
Réseau des cafétérias communautaires, New Brunswick

Overview of community school cafeteria network that provides local and home-made meals in schools


Rachel is the healthy eating and social entrepreneurship coordinator at the District scolaire francophone Sud, in South Eastern New-Brunswick. She is the initiator of the entrepreneurial cafeteria concept https://youtu.be/RntA8nWqswM, a community project that brought local food in the school cafeteria since 2011 and a new wave of opportunities to collaborate with numerous partners! Ms. Rachel Schofield Martin is a visionary, distinguished by her leadership, creativity, drive, passion and perseverance. Over the course of her career, she has been recognized on numerous occasions. In 2012, she received the title of teaching excellence from the New Brunswick Department of Early Childhood Development and Education. She lives in the rural community of Cocagne with her husband and their two daughters.

Dr. Sarah Woodruff Atkinson
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Windsor

Evaluations of school-based nutrition interventions, including Northern Fruit & Vegetable Program


Sarah Woodruff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Windsor and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. She is a multidisciplinary researcher who strives to advance the knowledge surrounding nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle behaviours among Canadian children and adolescents.

Ellen Gregg
Public Health Nutritionist; Region of Waterloo

Recreation centre interventions to improve children's eating behaviours


Ellen Gregg is a Public Health Nutritionist with the Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services. Over the past ten years, Ellen has worked on food environments, workplace health, and mental health in relation to healthy eating and has researched the social, psychological and physical influences on individual health behaviours.
Prior to joining Public Health, Ellen held positions in clinical dietetics and food service management.
Ellen has studied at Ryerson University, University of Guelph and Hamilton Health Sciences. Beginning September 2017, Ellen will be completing a PhD through the School of Planning at University of Waterloo studying with Dr. Leia Minaker.

Andrew Fleet
Executive Director, Growing Chefs!

Overview and evaluations of programs teaching children how to grow, cook and eat healthy

Dr. Jess Haines
Associate Professor, Department of Family Relations & Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph

Creating healthy food environments for families at home


Jess Haines, PhD, MHSc, RD is an Associate Professor of Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. Dr. Haines's current research is focused on testing family‾based interventions aimed at promoting healthful behaviours among young children. Along with colleagues at Harvard, she led a study which found that a home‾based intervention that targets routines associated with obesity risk, i.e., family meals, sleep, and screen time, can improve weight status in preschoolers. She is currently testing a similar intervention among Canadian families with young children through the Guelph Family Health Study.

Stephanie Segave
Regional Manager, Ontario Student Nutrition program at VON Canada

Adriana Poulette & Kaylia Marquis
Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention project, Kahnawake Mohawk Territory

Healthy eating and food security programs and interventions for Kahnawake children and families.


Adriana Poulette is an Oneida Mik'maw woman originally from London, Ontario and now resides with her husband and three children in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake. Adriana is the research coordinator for the Healthier Nights for Healthier Days in Kahnawake Project and has fulfilled the roll of research assistant, data collector, and analyst on various KSDPP projects over the years. Adriana has a Political Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria.

Kaylia Marquis is a community‾based research assistant and food security projects coordinator with the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project. She is also a project coordinator for the grassroots Wahón:nise tho Niiohtón:ne group, which focuses on early childcare in her community. She holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology with a minor in Theatre, as well as a DEC in Interior Design, and has completed courses in Project Management, Community Design/Build, Sustainable Community Planning, and NABCEP‾certified training to design and install solar PV arrays. She is a mother of three and lives on the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory.


Day 2: Environments Supporting Healthy Physical Activity


Dr. Candace Nykiforuk
Associate Professor; School of Public Health, University of Alberta

Physical activity interventions especially in rural areas; Development and diffusion of healthy public policies

Vicky Kyriaco
General Manager, Ottawa Student Transportation Authority

Active transportation policies and initiatives for busing consortia


Vicky Kyriaco is the Chief Administrative Officer and General Manager of the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority. OSTA provides multi-modal transportation solutions for the students of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board. The Ministry of Education recently rated OSTA as a highly efficient consortium.
Under Vicky's leadership, OSTA has evolved into an organization that integrates sustainable mobility, and active modes of transportation, as essential components in promoting the health and well-being of children across the city today, and in the future.
Being in the transportation industry for the past 20 years, Vicky has extensive experience with transporting passengers and cargo using many different modes of transportation, both by ground and by air. Combined with her previous experience as a teacher, her current position brings together her interest in developing Ottawa's next generation with the means to move them into tomorrow. She was named Ottawa's Businesswoman of the Year for 2016.
Vicky and her partner have three boys who attend three different schools. Nobody gets a bus by design. Her family enjoys walking, biking, scootering and roll-blading to all three schools.

Colleen Hill
Manager; Heart Heathy Children and Youth, Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada

Provincial framework for healthy, active kids

Dr. Trish Tucker
Assistant Professor; School of Occupational Therapy, Western University

Environmental influences on physical activity in child care settings


Dr. Trish Tucker is an Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy and Research Director of the Child Health and Physical Activity Lab at Western University. Dr. Tucker is recognized for her research which aims to measure, understand, and influence physical activity participation among you children, specifically preschoolers. Her current research has focused largely on the childcare environment, with considerable effort devoted to understanding how this environment influences physical activity participation, and she is currently wrapping up a large randomized controlled trial (the SPACE study), to see the impact of a centre-based childcare intervention on preschoolers' physical activity levels.

Dr. Jason Gilliland & Dr. Andrew Clark
Human Environments Analysis Laboratory, Western University

ACT-i-Pass intervention to promote children's physical activity


Jason Gilliland is Director of the Urban Development Program and Professor of Geography, Paediatrics, Health Studies and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western University. He is also a Scientist with the Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute. His research examines environmental influences on children's health issues such as physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and injury. He is Director of the Human Environments Analysis Lab, which specializes in community-based research and identifying interventions to public policy and neighbourhood design to promote the quality of life of vulnerable populations. The HEALab is currently supported by Children's Health Foundation, Lawson Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Emily Van Kesteren
Public Health Nurse, Middlesex-London Health Unit
Co-Chair, ELMO Active ' Safe Routes to School

Overview of ELMO's Active & Safe Routes to School initiative


Emily currently works within the programs of Healthy Communities and Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS). She combines her professional, personal and academic passions for children's health and the built environment through her role as co-chair of the tri-County ASRTS committee. In 2012, Emily completed her Masters of Geography from Western University with her thesis on identifying the influence of parents' and children's perceptions of their built and social environments on children's mode of travel to and from school. Emily also works with rural community partners to increase opportunities for active living through policy and the built environment.

Dr. Jamie Spinney
Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University

Overview of research evidence and successful interventions related to children's active travel to school


Jamie Spinney is an accomplished social scientist, who is best described as a broadly-trained geographer, with professional training as a geography teacher, an adult educator, an urban/ regional planner, and a geomatics specialist. His research interests and experience are inherently interdisciplinary; his focus is applied research with direct implications for contemporary social, economic, and environmental issues, particularly as they relate to planning smart, healthy, and sustainable communities. He has an active and collaborative research program aimed at the confluence of applied behavioural geography and community planning.


Day 3: Healthy Outdoor and Natural Environments


Dr. Jennifer Vanos
Assistant Professor, Scripps Institution of Oceanography & the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health, UC San Diego

Biometric evaluation of the health impacts of children's environmental exposure


Dr. Jennifer Vanos is an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Diego who holds a joint appointment between Family Medicine and Public Health (School of Medicine) and the Department of Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography (Scripps Institution of Oceanography). She received her PhD from the School of Environment Sciences at the University of Guelph in Atmospheric Science, followed by a Post-Doctoral position at Health Canada in Environmental Health Sciences, and a faculty position at Texas Tech University.
Dr. Vanos' research focuses on connecting weather and climate to human health in urban areas, with specific focus on extreme heat, radiation, and air pollution. Working with various types of modeled and observed climate, weather, and human health data, Dr. Vanos examines the interactions of exposures in vulnerable urban subpopulations, specifically children, and how exposures couple with bioclimatic landscape and urban design strategies. Pursuing these inter-connected research areas is a vital component for human adaption to urban growth, climate variability, and small-scale extremes that influence health acute or chronic outcomes.

Dr. Cathy Jordan
Associate Professor; Division of Pediatrics and Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota
Consulting Research Director; Children & Nature Network

Developmental impact of outdoor experiences on children and youth; community engagement for activating research


Dr. Cathy Jordan is Research Director for the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) and a current member, and former chair, of the Minnesota Children and Nature Connection. Her work focuses on promoting child health, learning and development through nature-based play and learning. As Research Director, she oversees the identification, summarizing, tagging and activation of research about children and nature from diverse fields and sectors and from around the world. She leads the National Science Foundation grant "The Science of Nature-Based Learning Collaborative Research Network." Dr. Jordan, pediatric neuropsychologist by training, is also Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Extension Specialist at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Mariana Brussoni
Associate Professor, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

The importance of outdoor risky play for child health and development


Dr. Mariana Brussoni is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and investigator with BC Children's Hospital Research Institute and the BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit. Mariana investigates child injury prevention, including developmental importance of children's risky play and how the built outdoor environment impacts children's play.

Shawna Babcock
Coordinator, Outdoor Play Canada

Role of outdoor play for children's health; Impacts of the Position Statement on Outdoor Play

Brenda Simon
Earth Day Canada

Outdoor Play and Learning in School Communities (OPAL) project; Relationship between outdoor school environments and children's happiness and well-being


Brenda Simon is a graduate of the law and environmental studies program at York University and later studied education at the University of Toronto. She has worked as a human rights lawyer, a co-op housing developer, and in community education. Brenda has conducted extensive research into play policy and planning and piloted POP-UP Adventure Play in Toronto for two years before joining Earth Day Canada as the Director of Play Programs. Brenda is the first certified OPAL mentor in Canada and is gratified to have been able to work with the TDSB to bring the Outdoor Play and Learning model to 6 pilot schools in Toronto.

Cam Collyer & Heidi Campbell1 & Dr. Janet Loebach2
1Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds
2 Principal Consultant; Thrive Design Consulting

Impacts of natural schoolyard interventions on outdoor activities and behaviour of young children


Cam is the Executive Director, Programs at Evergreen, overseeing and developing Evergreen's evolving national suite of programs that connect people, natural and the built world to make cities flourish. Since joining Evergreen in 1997, Cam developed Evergreen's national award-winning school ground greening program into an international leader in the field, developed the award-winning suite of children's programs at Evergreen Brick Works, and has overseen national initiatives engaging communities in neighbourhood greening and food gardening. Cam is a co-founder of the International School Ground Alliance and sits on the board of directors of Green Teacher magazine and Green Schoolyards America. He is currently on the national advisory committee for Parks for All as well as the Canadian Outdoor Play Working group. Cam is a regular presenter at conferences, universities and in the media on topics of children and nature, school ground greening and outdoor education.

Heidi is the Senior Designer for Evergreen. She has a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. She started with Evergreen in 2001 as their School Ground Design Consultant at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Evergreen's first partnership agreement with a board of education. Heidi helped the TDSB to evolve a strategic direction for greening school grounds with a strong emphasis on creating natural play environments inclusive of tree planting, trail building, natural play elements and the provision of shade to protect children from UVR. A qualified teacher with a focus on place-based learning, she has worked in a variety of outdoor contexts with artists, teachers, and volunteers to envision and co-create natural learning environments for children.

Janet Loebach is an environmental design researcher and consultant based in Ontario, Canada, and the Principal Consultant for Thrive Design Consulting. Her research and practice focuses on children's perception and use of their everyday environments, including home, school and neighbourhood, and the socio-environmental factors which influence children's behaviour and well-being. Her areas of expertise include assessment and design of natural and built play and learning environments for children, as well as residential, healthcare and care facilities. She also has extensive experience with participatory, child-led and community-based planning processes. Janet currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of the International Play Association (Canada) and as co-chair of the Children & Youth Environments Network of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA).

Dr. Jason Gilliland
Human Environments Analysis Laboratory, Western University

Review of the impact of exposure to nature on the health and development of children


Jason Gilliland is Director of the Urban Development Program and Professor of Geography, Paediatrics, Health Studies and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Western University. He is also a Scientist with the Children's Health Research Institute and Lawson Health Research Institute. His research examines environmental influences on children's health issues such as physical inactivity, poor nutrition, and injury. He is Director of the Human Environments Analysis Lab, which specializes in community-based research and identifying interventions to public policy and neighbourhood design to promote the quality of life of vulnerable populations. The HEALab is currently supported by Children's Health Foundation, Lawson Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

program

Day 1 - Healthy Food Environments - Practices and policies that improve children's access to healthy food, including in school and community environments.

Day 2 - Environments for Healthy Physical Activity - efforts to create home, school and community environments for healthy physical activity, including active travel and active play.

Day 3 - Healthy Outdoor and Natural Environments - Initiatives and practices creating healthy outdoor and natural environments, including strategies for improving children's access to nature and 'risky' outdoor environments.

Each day of the conference is scheduled to start at 8:30am and wrap up by 5pm. Detailed schedules for each day of the conference will be posted soon - stay tuned!

registration

Registration is now open: Registration Page

As workshop spaces are limited, participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
In the case that all workshop spaces are full, applicants will be placed on a waiting list and informed if spaces become available. A limited number of spaces/awards are available for graduate students.

REGISTRATION OPTIONS and PRICES:

Participants can register for one or more individual days, or the full 3-day conference.
(1) All 3 Days ($250 CDN)
(2) Day 1 ONLY: Healthy Food Environments ($100 CDN)
(3) Day 2 ONLY: Physical Activity Envrionments ($100 CDN)
(4) Day 3 ONLY: Outdoor and Natural Environments ($100 CDN)
(5) Day 1 Healthy Food & Day 2 Physical Activity ($200 CDN)
(6) Day 2 Physical Activity & Day 3 Outdoor & Nature ($200 CDN)
(7) Day 1 Healthy Food & Day 3 Outdoor & Nature ($200 CDN)

Please Note: If you would like to pay as a group, please contact us at: chews2017@gmail.com

*Registration includes buffet lunches and morning and afternoon snacks.

Networking Dinner & Reception will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017 (Cost $50.00 / per person)
At: "Growing Chefs! at Auberge du Petit Prince"

Please take a virtual tour of Growing Chefs!
Located at 460 King St. London, ON

call for abstracts

We invite abstracts from a wide range of disciplines for interactive poster presentations to be delivered at the workshop on one or more of the 3 focus topics. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted in English, and should include a title and up to 5 key words. Up to 3 key references may be included beyond this word length. You will also be asked to submit the author(s)' name and contact information, plus a short bio for the presenting author (100 words max).

**NEW DEADLINE for submission of late breaking abstracts for poster presentations has been extended to May 31, 2017. Notices of acceptance will be sent no later than June 2, 2017.**

Please Note that June 7 is the Registration Deadline for all authors accepted to present.

Focus Topics:

Day 1 - Healthy Food Environments - Practices and policies that improve children's access to healthy food, including in school and community environments.
Day 2 - Environments for Healthy Physical Activity - Efforts to support children's envrionments for healthy physical activity at home, around schools and in their neighbourhoods, including active travel and active play.
Day 3 - Healthy Outdoor and Natural Environments - Initiatives and practices creating healthy outdoor and natural environments, including strategies for improving children's access to nature and 'risky' outdoor environments.

Abstract submission


Please submit your abstract at: CHEWS 2017 Abstract Submission

venue

The three day conference will be hosted at:
Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre
551 Windermere Road, London, Ontario N5X 2T1, CAN

How to get there

You can reserve your on site room at the Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre by
(1) calling 1-888 678-6926 (toll free) and indicate that you are part of the HEAL group meeting or
(2) visiting the group registration page.
The cost of room is $105.00 CAD + tax per night, which includes breakfast each morning of your stay.

1.888.678.6926 or 1.519.679.4546.

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Networking Dinner & Reception will take place on Monday, June 26, 2017 (Cost $50.00 / per person)
At: "Growing Chefs! at Auberge du Petit Prince"

Please take a virtual tour of Growing Chefs!
Located at 460 King St. London, ON

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