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.
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 intervention 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.
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, jpractitioners 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.
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 pufsue additional interventions or initiatives aimed at improving the quality of built environments for children and youth.
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.
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. Mary McKenna
Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick Fredericton
Interventions to improve school nutrition
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
Réseau des cafétérias communautaires, New Brunswick
Overview of community school cafeteria network that provides local and home-made meals in schools
Dr. Sarah Woodruff Atkinson
Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Windsor
Evaluations of school-based nutrition interventions, including Northern Fruit & Vegetable Program
Public Health Nutritionist; Region of Waterloo
Recreation centre interventions to improve children's eating behaviours
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
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
General Manager, Ottawa Student Transportation Authority
Active transportation policies and initiatives for busing consortia
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. Jason Gilliland & Dr. Andrew Clark
Human Environments Analysis Laboratory, Western University
ACT-i-Pass intervention to promote children's physical activity
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
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. 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. 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
Coordinator, Outdoor Play Canada
Role of outdoor play for children's health; Impacts of the Position Statement on Outdoor Play
Earth Day Canada
Outdoor Play and Learning in School Communities (OPAL) project; Relationship between outdoor school environments and children's happiness and well-being
Cam Collyer1 & Dr. Janet Loebach2
1 Executive Director; Toyota Evergreen Learning Grounds
2 Principal Consultant; Thrive Design Consulting
Impacts of natural schoolyard interventions on outdoor activities and behaviour of young children
Dr. Jason Gilliland
Human Environments Analysis Laboratory, Western University
Review of the impact of exposure to nature on the health and development of children
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!
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).
The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended to May 15, 2017. Notices of acceptance will be sent out no later than May 22, 2017.
Please Note that May 31 is the Registration Deadline for all authors accepted to present.
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.