Human Environments Avalysis Laboratory


  • HEAL Researchers Collaborating To Improve Rural Food Security

    Saturday, February 10, 2018
    HEAL Team members Dr Jason Gilliland and MSc student Angela Piaskoski were at the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre (HCFBDC) in Centralia, Ontario today to participate in an Open House and public recognition event to report on the findings from a community-based research project which was funded through a SEED grant from the Ontario

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  • Dr Gilliland on Radio to Support Children’s Health Foundation

    Thursday, February 8, 2018
    Our HEALab Director, Dr Jason Gilliland, was interviewed by AM980 today as part of the 4th annual Corus Radiothon for Children’s!  Children’s Health Foundation raises and grants funds in support of three outstanding partners in health care: Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre, Thames Valley

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  • London Free Press features HEAL's Dr. Jason Gilliland and Dr. Andrew Clark on Active and Safe Routes to School Project.

    Sunday, February 4, 2018
    Dr. Jason Gilliland and Dr. Andrew Clark were recently featured in the London Free Press on the Active and Safe Routes to School Project for studying the environmental benefits of children

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  • A New Research Collaboration to Create the Next Generation of Hearing Aids

    Friday, January 26, 2018
    The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL), the National Centre for Audiology, and Unitron, a Kitchener-based hearing aid manufacturer, have come together to research how environmental data can be used to create the next generation of hearing

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  • 2017 STEAM Report: Examining Children's Environments and Health

    Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    The bulk of research on children’s health related to obesity, physical activity, and nutrition is completed in large studies. However, the health of kids in rural areas is particularly vulnerable due to geographic isolation. This report presents the overall results of

  • HEAL's Dr. Steph Coen featured in Western News and Interviewed by 94.9 Radio Western

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017
    Our very own Stephanie Coen, a postdoctoral associate at the HEAL, was featured recently in Western News and Interviewed by 94.9

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  • CBC London interviews HEAL’s Paul van der Werf on Household Food Waste

    Friday, December 1, 2017
    The Heal’s Paul van der Werf was interviewed on CBC London’s special Sounds of the Season show on 1 December 2017. A key purpose of the show is to help raise funds for the London Food Bank.  Paul chatted about his ongoing London research which shows that households throw out $600/year of avoidable food, from just their

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  • Dr. Gilliland goes to Washington!

    Sunday, October 22, 2017
    WASHINGTON, DC.  On October 5, 2017, Dr Jason Gilliland was at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC to give an invited talk on “Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature”.  Dr. Gilliland was one of a select group of professors and organizational leaders from across the United

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  • Two Peas in a Pod (Dr. Richard Sadler at CHEWS2017)

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017
    In this video from CHEWS2017, Dr. Richard Sadler from Michigan State University presents his work on “Improving health food access via the colocation of the Hurley Pediatric Clinic with the Flint Farmers’

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  • CTV News Interviews HEAL's van der Werf on Household Food Waste

    Thursday, May 25, 2017
    London, ON. CTV News London recently interviewed Western Geography and HEALab PhD Candidate Paul van der Werf in a feature ( about the London Household

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  • CTV Interviews Dr Seabrook and Dr Gilliland on Link between Marijuana Use and Low Birth-Weight

    Thursday, April 27, 2017
    LONDON, ON. A new study led by HEAL Faculty Associate Dr Jamie Seabrook found that women who used marijuana while pregnant were almost three times more likely to have an infant with low birth weight. See CTV News Story here:

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  • Save the Date! Children’s Health and Environment Workshop and Symposium, London, ON June 26-28, 2017

    Thursday, February 16, 2017
    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 An incredible group of speakers from around the world will be coming to London this June to share their latest work

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  • Local Neighbourhoods Influence Children's Nutrition. Research by Dr. Jason Gilliland and the HEAL team featured in Inside LHSC magazine.

    Thursday, November 10, 2016
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  • Dr. Jason Gilliland gives Plenary Talk on Place and Children’s Health

    Friday, October 14, 2016
    CHARLOTTE, NC - HEAL Director Jason Gilliland was at the UNC in Charlotte, North Carolina this week to deliver a plenary talk on how to develop effective “Place-Based Collaborations for Children’s Health and Well-Being” at the Early Childhood Research Symposium sponsored by the 

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  • Paul van der Werf participated in a press conference on Parliament Hill to support the “Fight Against Food Waste Act”

    Friday, September 16, 2016
    Heal PhD candidate, Paul van der Werf, recently travelled to Ottawa to participate in a press conference at the National Press Gallery on Parliament Hill. He was there to support NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau’s private member bill the “Fight Against Food Waste Act”. (see 6:30 of video

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  • Study uses GPS to find Canadian youth are influenced by their exposure to junk food outlets

    Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    LONDON, ON - Dr. Jason Gilliland, a Scientist at Children's Health Research Institute, Lawson Health Research Institute and Director of the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory at

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  • Congratulations new HEAL graduates!

    Monday, June 20, 2016
    Congratulations to HEAL graduate students Michael Clark (MA), Mark McGregor (MA), Christine Mitchell (MA), and Eli Paddle (PhD) who received their degrees at The University of Western Ontario’s Convocation Ceremonies this week.  More information on their research projects: Michael Clark. 2016. 

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  • HEAL Candidate Paul van der Werf leads trade mission to Netherlands

    Thursday, June 9, 2016
    Heal PhD candidate, Paul van der Werf, recently travelled to the Netherlands to lead a trade mission to look at cutting edge ways of dealing with food waste. While there he also had the opportunity to travel to Wageningen University to meet with food waste scholars Ir. Toine Timmermans, Dr. Erica van Herpen and Daphne Roodhuyzen. The key take

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  • HEAL Alumni Lucie Richard Wins Canada Health Infoway's Data Impact Challenge!

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016
    Lucie Richard, HEAL Alumni, was team leader of the winning “Team ICES Western” for Canada Health Infoway’s Data Impact Challenge II.  The Data Impact Challenge II required participating teams to analyze datasets and generate answers or provide evidence

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  • HEAL Faculty Associate discusses Historical GIS in ABC 10 Interview

    Friday, May 27, 2016
    Dr. Lafreniere, HEAL Faculty Associate, was interviewed by ABC 10 on his recently funded National Endowment for the Humanities project to create a longitudinal and mobile phone enabled Public Participatory Historical GIS.  The project entitled, Keweenaw Time Traveler, is recreating the natural, built, social, and industrial

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  • Dr Gilliland Speaks at Food Environment event for NRC-OPHA

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    HEAL Director Dr Jason Gilliland gave an invited talk today at a symposium organized by the Nutrition Resource Centre of the Ontario Public Health Association entitled:  “Healthy Eating in Today's Food Environment . . . Is It

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  • Dr Gilliland Addresses Federal Parliamentarians in Ottawa

    Monday, May 9, 2016
    HEAL Director Jason Gilliland was at Parliament Hill in Ottawa today to speak to federal MPs, Senators, and numerous representatives of various NGOs at an event entitled “Pediatric Research and Child Health in Canada”.   Dr Gilliland was invited to

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  • HEAL helps run Agro-Food Symposium

    Thursday, April 14, 2016
    HEAL team members Dr Jason Gilliland, Michael Clark, Sarah Cappuccitti and Catherine DuBreck helped a large interdisciplinary team organize and run a Symposium on Sustainable Agricultural Systems in the Great Lakes Basin at Western University today.  The

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  • HEAL team in San Francisco!

    Saturday, April 2, 2016
    Multiple representatives of the HEAL team were in San Francisco this week to give presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers. HEAL members presenting included: Godwin Arku, Andrew Clark, Evan Cleave, Jason Gilliland, Christine Mitchell, Richard Sadler and Paul van der Werf.

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  • Gilliland Speaks to Hamilton Spectator about Food Deserts

    Friday, March 4, 2016
    Dr Gilliland was interviewed for a Hamilton Spectator article about the potential impacts of the closing of a local grocery store in a working-class neighbourhood of Hamilton, Ontario [

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  • Gilliland Speaks to CBC about Drive-Thru Grocery Stores

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015
    Dr Gilliland was interviewed on CBC radio and CBC TV in Windsor on the subject of drive-thru grocery stores, in anticipation of two new stores being opened by Loblaws in the Windsor area.  Professor Gilliland spoke about the type of customers who will be interested in this service, and also commented on

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  • Middlesex is up for the challenge with the HEAL team!

    Saturday, December 12, 2015
    On Saturday afternoon, Dr. Danielle Tobin, Dr. Andrew Clark, Brenton Button, Katherine Wilson, Catherine Dubreck, and Kate Schieman from the HEAL team, celebrated the kick off of Middlesex County's Healthy Kids Community Challenge at the Komoka Wellness and Recreation Complex hosted by

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  • HEAL Team is up for the Challenge!

    Monday, December 7, 2015
    Over 20 members of the HEAL team actively participated in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Engagement Forum hosted by London’s Child & Youth Network on December 7th.   HEAL

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  • Dr Gilliland invited speaker at Sustain Ontario Conference

    Saturday, November 21, 2015
    Dr Gilliland was in Sudbury, Ontario to speak at Sustain Ontario’s “Bring Food Home” conference.  Dr Gilliland led off a session which took place at Sudbury City Hall entitled “

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  • Dr Gilliland invited expert on Physical Activity in Rural Communities

    Monday, November 16, 2015
    Dr Gilliland was an invited speaker and expert participant at the consensus conference Physical Activity in Rural, Remote, and Northern Communities held in Toronto, Ontario on November 16th, 2015.  The objective of the conference organized by 

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  • Gilliland speaks about Mapping for Public Health

    Friday, November 6, 2015
    HEAL Director, Dr. Jason Gilliland, gave an invited talk in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics Speaker Series. The talk was called “Mapping for Public Health: Effective Use of Spatial Analysis to Communicate Epidemiological Information” and focussed on some of the health

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  • Dr Gilliland Taking Action to Create Healthier Food Environment

    Friday, October 30, 2015
    The Nutrition Resource Centre of the Ontario Public Health Association held a workshop on October 30th in Toronto entitled “Taking Action to Create a Healthier Food Environment” as part of their Transforming the Food Environment: Capacity Building Series.  HEAL Director Dr Jason

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  • Michael Clark and Jason Gilliland invited to Italy to talk Food!

    Thursday, October 8, 2015
    Michael Clark (MA Candidate) and Jason Gilliland (HEAL Director) were in Torino, Italy this week to present HEAL research at the Sustainable Food Planning Conference hosted by the Association of European Schools of Planning. (

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  • CTV covers Paul van der Werf’s waste audit work

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015
    Department of Geography PhD Candidate and HEAL student Paul van der Werf was featured in a CTV news story in Simcoe County about waste composition analysis. Paul’s company, 2cg, undertakes extensive waste composition measurement for municipalities and companies who use this data for waste management planning purposes. Paul is also using

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  • HEAL’s Andrew Clark and Richard Truong on Healthy Living

    Thursday, October 1, 2015
    Dr Andrew Clark (HEAL Postdoctoral Fellow and Project Manager) and Richard Truong (HEAL Undergrad Research Assistant) published articles for the September 24, 2015 special issue on Healthy Living for the Londoner. Clark's article, "When sports become about more than competition", discusses how competitive sports and the kids who play

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  • HEAL Team Helping to Create a Level Playing Field

    Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    “Small lifestyle changes, such as increasing physical activity, go a long way in cancer prevention. Yet many Canadian children are still not getting the recommended amount of exercise.”  This is the message of a recent Canadian Cancer Society article called “

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  • Gilliland and Van Kesteren talk to Board of Health about Active & Safe Routes to School

    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    Western Geography Professor Jason Gilliland and alumni Emily Van Kesteren were invited to the Middlesex-London Board of Health meeting on September 17th to speak about their university-community collaboration around Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS).  Emily is a Public Health Nurse on the Healthy

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  • “Small Steps” Documentary features HEAL’s Gilliland

    Wednesday, September 2, 2015
    A new documentary on children’s well-being produced by Ferebee Lane and the Institute for Child Success in South Carolina features an interview with Jason Gilliland, HEAL Director.  The documentary called “Small Steps” explores the experiences of young mothers with young children and opportunities for urban

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  • Dr Gilliland in Saskatoon to give Keynote on Food Environments

    Monday, July 20, 2015
    Professor Jason Gilliland was in Saskatoon on May 21-23, 2015 for the Food Environments in Canada: Symposium and Workshop. Dr. Gilliland gave a keynote address on May 22, where he spoke about his experiences working on local food environments in Ontario to help create healthy and vibrant

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  • HEAL Hiring Post-Doctoral Fellow in Children's Health

    Thursday, July 2, 2015
    Western University's Human Environments Analysis Laboratory ( invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Health Geography (Children's Health) in the Department of Geography. A PhD in Geography, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Sciences, or other relevant discipline

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  • Dr Gilliland gives Plenary Address at Epidemiology conference

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015
    Professor Jason Gilliland gave an invited Plenary Address to the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in

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  • HEAL Grad Student Cook wins Award at Epidemiology Conference

    Monday, June 8, 2015
    Congratulations to Krista Cook (MSc Candidate, Epidemiology & Biostatistics) for receiving second place at the Canadian Society for Epidemiology & Biostatistics conference for her poster entitled “Effects of school and home neighbourhood food outlets on junk food consumption among elementary school children in a

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  • Dr Michael Goodchild visits the HEALab!

    Monday, June 8, 2015
    Members of the HEAL community were excited to host a campus visit by Dr Michael Goodchild, Emeritus Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Dr Goodchild visited the HEALab and shared his thoughts with a

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  • Dr Gilliland in South Carolina to Talk about Children’s Health

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    Professor Jason Gilliland was in South Carolina this week to give two invited talks about Children’s Health and the Environment. His first talk was at the Department of Family Medicine in the Greenville Health System, primarily to an audience of faculty and pediatric residents with an interest in

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  • HEAL Researchers present at AAG 2015

    Saturday, April 25, 2015
    HEAL researchers Dr. Jason Gilliland, Dr. Andrew Clark, Dr. Richard Sadler, Dr. Don Lafreniere, MA Candidate Michael Clark, and PhD Candidate Doug Rivet presented this week at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Chicago, Illinois. Their presentations are as follows: Jason Gilliland, PhD. The

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  • Professor Gilliland delivers keynote to SWAHN Symposium

    Friday, April 10, 2015
    Professor Jason Gilliland gave the keynote address at the “Breaking Bread with SWAHN: Nutrition Research and Innovation Symposium” on April 10 at Brescia University College.  Jason’s keynote talk was titled “Lessons of a

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  • SmartAPPetite Study Featured in Local Media

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015
    Results from the first SmartAPPetite project intervention study were featured in the London Free Press  and on CBC

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  • HEAL Obesity Research featured in Canadian Geographic

    Saturday, April 4, 2015
    Insights by Western Geography professor Dr. Jason Gilliland are featured in the April 2015 issue of Canadian Geographic. In the article entitled “The Geography of Obesity”, writer Paul Webster discusses ongoing research by Jason and his team in the Human Environments Analysis Lab on how good urban planning and design can help

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  • Addressing Food Security both Locally and on a National Scale

    Friday, March 27, 2015
    Dr. Jason Gilliland, Western Geography and Director of the Urban Development Program, contributed insights into the issue of food security in Canada, and London, Ontario specifically, as he addressed the media at the London Food Bank’s annual spring food drive kickoff.  Jason first commented [

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  • ACT-i-Pass program receives funding from Ontario Governemnt

    Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    Dr. Andrew Clark, HEAL Post-Doctoral Fellow, spoke at a press conference on Thursday with MPP Deb Matthews, the Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Chris Harvey, and the City of London's Tony Kyle. The press conference announced a grant awarded to the Child & Youth Network's (CYN) ACT-i-Pass program from the Ontario Sport &

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  • Researchers join together to HEAL community

    Thursday, February 26, 2015
    Western University’s Human Environments Analysis Lab was recently featured in a special issue of the Western News called “

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  • First issue of HEAL Newsletter Released

    Tuesday, February 10, 2015
    The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory is proud to announce the release of our first newsletter. This newsletter will be released occasionally to share what we have been working on with our colleagues, collaborators and supporters. Included in the first issue of our newsletter are: Updates on our current projects, such

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  • Grand Opening of New Facility for HEAL

    Monday, February 9, 2015
    On February 9, 2015, the new home of the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory at Western University was officially opened by City of London Mayor Matt Brown, Dr Dan Shrubsole (Chair of Geography), Dr Jason Gilliland (Professor of Geography and HEAL Director), and Dr John Capone (VP Research).  

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  • SmartAPPetite Project is featured in EatDrink Magazine

    Sunday, February 8, 2015
    The SmartAPPetite Project is featured in EatDrink Magazine as a Food Trend to Track in 2015!  It is on Bryan Lavery's culinary 'Hot List' and Lavery describes the app as a tool that "communicates to users not only what, when and where local food can be procured, but offers reliable dietary information and nutritional recipes as well".

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  • HEAL Team Supports London’s Bid in Healthy Kids Community Challenge

    Friday, November 28, 2014
    Members of Western’s Department of Geography and Human Environments Analysis Lab joined MPP Deb Matthews (Deputy Premier for Ontario) and other community members on Friday, November 28 for the announcement of London’s successful application to the Healthy Kids Community Challenge.  

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  • Community Work by Gilliland and HEAL Students praised in Ontario Legislative Assembly

    Monday, November 24, 2014
    At the Ontario Legislative Assembly on November 24, 2014, London West MPP Peggy Sattler highlighted the quality work experience being gained by students in Dr Jason Gilliland’s HEALab in the Department of Geography at Western Ontario.  She spoke in particular about attending the launch of a new smartphone app (SmartAPPetite)

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  • New smartphone app helps users ‘Buy Local, Eat Smart, Get Healthy’

    Friday, November 21, 2014
    Western University researchers and partners released the SmartAPPetite app today, providing Southwestern Ontarians customized tips about local food, healthy eating, recipes, and information about local farmers and food providers.

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  • SmartAPPetite Project ‘Revealed’ on RogersTV

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    SmartAPPetite Project ‘Revealed’ on RogersTV. The SmartAPPetite project is featured on the current episode of the 'Western Revealed' television show on Rogers TV. The SmartAPPetite project uses a novel smartphone app to help people find, prepare and eat healthy and tasty foods that are

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  • Jason Gilliland has a heart-to-heart for children's health

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    Professor Jason Gilliland has conducted interdisciplinary research on how the physical environment influences children's healthand well-being.

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  • Spotlight: The SmartAPP Stands Out

    Monday, November 17, 2014
    The SmartAPPetite initiative was recently the focus of an article by food writer Bryan Lavery in eatdrink, a local food and drink magazine serving Southwestern Ontario. On November 21, the SmartAPPetite team will launch a novel smartphone app and website that will make it easier for people to

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  • Dr Clark Presents at Sport Canada conference

    Saturday, November 1, 2014
    HEAL PDF and research associate, Dr. Andrew Clark presented at the 8th Annual Sport Canada Research Initiative Conference hosted by Sport Canada and Sport Information Resource Centre in Ottawa. His poster presentation, entitled Barriers to Sport in Hamilton, discussed how adults' sport

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  • Dr Gilliland Addresses OPPI on Planning and Health

    Friday, October 31, 2014
    Dr Jason Gilliland, Director of the HEALab, was a featured speaker last night at the Ontario Professional Planners Institute Southwest District Event in London on the theme “Exploring the Relationship Between Planning and Public Health”. Dr Gilliland was invited to speak about all the relevant planning and health research

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  • Jason Gilliland Interviewed for Calgary Vital Signs Report

    Monday, October 27, 2014
    Dr Jason Gilliland, Director of the Urban Development Program, was recently interviewed by the Calgary Metro News to comment on a new report by the Calgary Foundation on the health and well-being of that city. The report highlighted that parks and playgrounds have lost their appeal among children,

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  • Brant County recently added to HEAL’s Children’s Health Atlas

    Thursday, October 23, 2014
    The HEAL recently added Brant County to our award-winning children’s health atlas! In 2013, the atlas called “Opportunities for Healthy Living in Southwestern Ontario: A focus on Children's Environments” was made available (for free) in digital format online. Within the first few

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  • HEAL helps kids "Get in the Act"

    Monday, October 20, 2014
    Through recent grants from Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and Canadian Cancer Society, Geography professor Jason Gilliland and his team from Western’s Human Environments Analysis Laboratory, will be tracking participants throughout the eight-month ACT-i-Pass program. Read the Article

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  • Act-i-Pass Project ‘Revealed’ on RogersTV

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014
    The Act-i-Pass program is featured on the current episode of 'Western Revealed' television show on Rogers TV.  The piece includes Josh Archer (Child & Youth Network) and Chris Harvey (Boys & Girls Club) speaking about how the program works and the benefits of providing free

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  • Professor Jason Gilliland Moderates “Community Conversation” about London’s Future

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014
    Dr Jason Gilliland, Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Urban Development Program, moderated “A Community Conversation” in London, Ontario on Sept 3 to give people an opportunity to discuss their views on various contentious issues in the city, such as the fractured nature of the current City Council.

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  • Two New HEAL Graduates!

    Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    Congratulations to Leanne McIntosh and Lucie Richard for successfully defending their MA theses this week. Details below:   Lucie Richard, MA Geography, Defence Aug 20: “Exploring the association between commute to school

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  • SmartAPP Project Featured in London Free Press!

    Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    The SmartAPP project was featured on page 4 of the London Free Press newspaper today. To learn more about SmartAPPetite or join our mailing list, check out See the story

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  • SmartAPPetite Project Makes Headlines

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    An interview with Dr Jason Gilliland of Western's Geography Department about the SmartAPPetite project was recently featured on the front page of the Londoner newspaper (link to Londoner

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  • SmartAPPetite Project Featured in Business London!

    Friday, June 6, 2014
    The June 2014 edition of Business London magazine features an article about the SmartAPPetite project!  

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  • Lafreniere presents a vision for a Canadian Historical GIS Network

    Wednesday, June 4, 2014
    Don Lafreniere, Research Associate in the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory spoke in a special joint session of the Canadian Association of Geographers and the Canadian Cartographic

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  • May 30 Dr Gilliland Interviewed for CTV News about Growing Food District

    Friday, May 30, 2014
    Dr Gilliland was featured in a 

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  • Dr Gilliland gives Opening Address at Geographic Education Town Hall

    Tuesday, May 27, 2014
    Dr Jason Gilliland gave the Opening Address entitled “Community Geography: Advancing Geographic Education In and Out of the Classroom” at a Geographic Education Town Hall Meeting in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. The event targeting students in Grades 7 through 12 was hosted by 

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  • Sadler presented at Health Week Conference in Michigan

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    Dr. Rick Sadler, Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Human Environments Analysis Lab, recently gave a talk at the Genesee County (Michigan) Health Department's Annual Public Health Week Conference: "Race and Place: Health Equity".  Dr. Sadler's talk, entitled "A Geographic Perspective on Healthy Environments in Flint", centered on GIS and

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  • Hamilton Spectator: Dr Gilliland on Urban Design Review

    Saturday, May 10, 2014
    "The Battle to Banish Bad Buildings":  Dr Jason Gilliland was interviewed for an article in the Hamilton Spectator about the establishment of Hamilton's first design review panel (DRP).  Gilliland served on a committee which helped set up London's urban design review panel and was one of its inaugural members.

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  • Congratulations to HEAL Scholarship Winners!

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014
    We are pleased to announce that HEAL graduate students Christine Mitchell and Mark McGregor were recently awarded Canada Graduate Scholarships (CGS) from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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  • Dr Gilliland facilitates workshop for Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    HEAL Director Jason Gilliland was in Barrie, Ontario on April 29, 2014 to facilitate an in-service workshop for the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU). The workshop, entitled “Starting a Conversation:  GIS Mapping as a Tool in Community Food Assessments” involved SMDHU staff from a variety of departments, including the

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  • Dr Gilliland gives keynote on "Community Geography"

    Monday, April 28, 2014
    Dr Jason Gilliland gave the keynote address entitled "Lessons of a Community Geographer: GIS Collaborations for Creating Healthy and Vibrant Communities" at the 2014 BeSpatial conference in Guelph, Ontario.

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  • New Publication on Concussions in Children

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014
    A recent article in Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery by HEAL faculty collaborators Tanya Charyk-Stewart, Jason Gilliland and Doug Fraser was highlighted today in the London Free

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  • HEAL Research funded by Canadian Cancer Society!

    Monday, March 31, 2014
    HEAL Director Dr Jason Gilliland (PI), along with co-investigators Dr Bill Avison, Dr Harry Prapavessis, Dr Trish Tucker & Dr Piotr Wilk (all from Western) were successful in the recent CIHR Population Health Intervention Grant

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  • HEAL Invited to Help Develop a Food Policy Council

    Friday, February 28, 2014
    Dr Jason Gilliland, Dr Richard Sadler, Michael Clark (MA student) and Malgorzata Milczarek (Project Manager) of the HEAL were invited participants at the London & Middlesex Food Policy Council Forum hosted by the London Community Foundation, the Middlesex-London Health Unit and the City of London.

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  • HEAL’s Jason Gilliland and Don Lafreniere on Race and Space in Victoria

    Friday, February 21, 2014
    Jason Gilliland and Don Lafreniere, with colleagues John Lutz, Pat Dunae, and Megan Harvey from the University of Victoria, recently published a book chapter exploring racialized space in 19th century Victoria, BC.  The chapter is included in the edited collection, Historical GIS Research

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  • STEAM Project Update

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014
    Between 2011 and 2013, 851 children (aged 9-13 years) from 46 schools throughout Southwestern Ontario participated in the STEAM project conducted by the HEAL.  STEAM stands for ‘Spatial Temporal Environmental and Activity Monitoring’, and the objective of the project is to assess how our certain characteristics of our local

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  • Dr Gilliland Addresses Healthy Communities Forum

    Monday, January 27, 2014
    Last week Dr Jason Gilliland was in Komoka, Ontario to present to an audience of local policymakers and other community stakeholders at the "Healthy Communities Forum" hosted by the Middlesex London Health Unity. Dr Gilliland's presentation focused on a report authored by HEAL researchers entitled "Linking Health and the Built Environment in

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  • Dr Gilliland Comments on Urban Growth Issues

    Sunday, December 15, 2013
    Dr Gilliland was interviewed for a rather one-sided story about urban growth boundary debates in London. See story link here: On a related note, see

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  • Thank you SmartAPP VENDORS at the Western Fair Farmers Market!

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    Throughout the summer months, the SmartAPPetite Team worked with many local food vendors.  We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to all our participating vendors and the entire Farmers’ & Artisans’ Market at the Western Fair.  In particular, we are grateful that

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  • Thank you to our SmartAPPetite Pilot Project Participants!!!

    Wednesday, November 13, 2013
    As a thank you for participating in the SmartAPPetite pilot project, all participants who completed a Post-Study Survey were entered into a draw to win 1 of 5 Gift Baskets supplied by vendors at the Farmers' and Artisans' Market at the Western Fair. Winners were announced last week. Thank you to the vendors for graciously providing these

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  • Team Vortex Raised Money for the United Way!

    Friday, November 8, 2013
    Congratulations to Erika Hill, Caroline Majeau, Lori Johnson, Angelica Lucaci, and Karen Van Kerkoerle of Western University's Geography Department for raising $754 for the United Way StairClimb at One London Place. Way to go Team Vortex!

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  • Michael Clark Speaks about Safety Task Force on CTV

    Thursday, November 7, 2013
    Research Associate Michael Clark speaks on CTV news after attending a meeting to form a new safety task force in London's Old East Village. The task force has been formed to address issues of crime and safety in the neighbourhood. See Video Here

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  • Michael Clark Speaks About Old East on CTV News

    Wednesday, October 30, 2013
    In an interview for CTV News today, HEAL MA student Michael Clark spoke about the renaissance of Old East Village due to all the building renovations by the majority of property owners.  The main focus of the news item was on the embarrassing state of parking lots owned by the City of

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  • Andrew Clark Presents at Sport Canada Research Initiative Conference

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013
    HEAL Research Associate, Dr. Andrew Clark and co-investigator, Dr. Darren Scott of McMaster University, presented at the 7th Annual Sport Canada Research Initiative Conference in Ottawa, ON. His poster, "Comparing

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  • Janet Loebach Successfully Defended her PhD thesis

    Friday, October 25, 2013
    Congratulations to HEAL Research Associate Janet Loebach for successfully defending her PhD thesis "Children's Neighbourhood Geographies: examining children's perception and use of their neighbourhood environments for healthy activity".

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  • HEAL's Jason Gilliland Collaborating for Community Impact

    Friday, October 18, 2013
    "It makes me do my job better, by working with community" claims Dr Jason Gilliland of Western's Geography Department. Dr Gilliland's community revitalization work was featured in a video produced by the Pillar Nonprofit Network and recently debuted at their Collaborating for Community Impact forum in London. Collaborating for community

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  • Western Geographers help reclaim London school playground

    Thursday, October 10, 2013
    On Tuesday, October 8, researchers from the Human Environments Analysis Lab in Western's Geography department joined students at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Elementary School in London, Ontario for a ceremonial sod turning and tree planting as they enter the final phase of a unique project to ‘green’ and

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  • Thanks to all of our SmartAPPetite volunteers!

    Tuesday, October 8, 2013
    HEAL would like to thank all of the volunteers and staff that helped make the SmartAPPetite pilot project at the Farmers' and Artisans' Market at the Western Fair a success. It could not have been done without all of our great team members! Look out for the next phase of this project in the Spring of 2014.

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  • Gilliland cuts ribbon to Oxford Natural Learning Environment

    Sunday, September 29, 2013
    On Saturday, September 28, 2013, Dr Jason Gilliland helped cut the ribbon to officially open the Oxford Natural Learning Environment (ONLE) at the Montessori Academy in London, as part of the 

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  • MLHU and HEAL Publish Report on Health and the built environment in rural contexts.

    Thursday, September 26, 2013
    The report was developed by the Healthy Communities Partnership Middlesex-London and written by the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory at Western University in collaboration with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. The purpose of the paper is to increase knowledge

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  • HEAL Hosts Canadian Association for Girls in Science Event

    Thursday, September 26, 2013
    On Wednesday September 25th 2013, the team from the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) in the Department of Geography at Western hosted an event for several dozen young girls (aged 7-16 years) with the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS).  The event entitled: “Around the World in 60

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  • HEAL's Jason Gilliland measures progress in London's Old East Village

    Monday, September 23, 2013
    A group of professional urban planners made a PACT with Old East London. Ten years ago, they helped draft a blueprint to revive and rejuvenate the decaying neighbourhood. The Ontario Professional Planners Institute put together a Planners Action Team and were back in London 10 years after they completed their report, to gauge the progress and

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  • HEAL Researchers present to Old South Community Organization

    Tuesday, September 10, 2013
    HEAL Researchers Don Lafreniere (PhD Candidate) and Doug Rivet (Phd Candidate) presented results from a HEAL-led community participatory mapping exercise conducted in the London neighbourhood of Old South in June.  The presentation to the

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  • Social media has come to HEAL!

    Tuesday, September 3, 2013
    The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL) at Western University is happy to announce the creation of a Facebook page and Twitter feed to help keep you updated on all of the news surrounding the HEAL. The Twitter feed can be found at @thehealab and the Facebook page can

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  • Dr Jason Gilliland speaks about food access on CBC’s “The National”

    Monday, July 22, 2013
    Millions of Canadians live in “food deserts”.  According to Dr Jason Gilliland of Western’s Geography Department, a food desert is a disadvantaged area of a community where residents do not have easy access to healthy, affordable food.  Dr Gilliland was recently

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  • HEAL Researchers Present at 2013 International Medical Geography Symposium

    Monday, July 15, 2013
    Last week three HEAL researchers presented at the International Medical Geography Symposium in East Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Jason Gilliland, Director, presented a paper entitled, "Do You Know the Way to School? Evaluating Methods for

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  • HEAL Geographers Participate in Public Forum on Creating Healthy Active Communities

    Tuesday, May 21, 2013
    Dr Jason Gilliland was a keynote speaker at a public forum May 21 on “Creating Healthy Active Communities – The Power of Partnerships”.  The forum, co-sponsored by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and The Healthy Communities Partnership of Middlesex-London,

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  • HEAL Student Steven Fitzpatrick Wins Award!

    Thursday, May 16, 2013
    Congratulations to Steven Fitzpatrick (MA Student & HEAL Student Research Associate) for winning the National Collaborating Centres for Public

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  • Claudia Rangel successfully defended her MA thesis

    Tuesday, April 23, 2013
    Congratulations to HEAL Research Associate Claudia Rangel for successfully defending her MA thesis "The Local Food Environment of Children in London, Ontario".

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  • Park the Problem Before it Starts

    Monday, April 22, 2013
    Dr Gilliland was quoted in the London Free Press today about changing regulations to allow stacked parking in London. See full story here.

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  • Dr. Richard Sadler successfully defends PhD thesis

    Friday, April 19, 2013
    Congratulations to HEAL Research Associate Dr. Richard Sadler for successfully defending his PhD thesis entitled, "The Food System, Health, and Economic Development: Using Evidence to Weigh Structural and Behavioral Interventions".

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  • Dr Jason Gilliland speaks at Café Scientifique

    Thursday, April 11, 2013
    Dr Jason Gilliland, Dr David Hill, and Dr Cheril Clarson spoke at a Café Scientifique hosted by the CIHR Institute of

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  • HEAL Researchers Highlight Community Collaborative Work at ESRI Canada User Conference

    Tuesday, April 9, 2013
    HEAL was well represented this week at the ESRI Canada User Conference in London, Ontario.  'HEAL in the Community' was an afternoon session that highlighted the collaborative work the lab is engaged in with local planners, municipal policy makers, and health professionals.

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  • HEAL Researchers Deliver Keynotes on New Built Environment & Health Report

    Monday, March 25, 2013
    Rick Sadler (HEAL Research Associate, PhD Candidate) and Dr. Jason Gilliland (HEAL Director, Professor) were keynote speakers in Owen Sound today at a forum on “The Role of the Built Environment and GIS Mapping in Improving Local

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  • Dr Gilliland receives Teaching Honour Roll Award

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013
    Congratulations to Jason Gilliland for being appointed to the Teaching Awards Honour Roll for 2011-2012 by the University Students Council at Western University.

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  • New Publication Linking the Built Environment and Childhood Obesity

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012
    Dr Gilliland and team published a new article in the Canadian Journal of Public Health which examines the influence of built environment factors on body mass index (BMI) of children in London, Ontario. This is perhaps the first Canadian study of its kind. The research for this paper was

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  • London Free Press Round Table Discussion with Dr. Jason Gilliland

    Saturday, October 13, 2012
    Dr. Gilliland recently joined host, Randy Richmond from the London Free Press (LFP) along with LFP Editor in Chief, Joe Ruscitti and Sean Galloway, Manager of Urban Design from the City of London for a round table discussion on London's image as part of the City's multi-year project.

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  • HEAL Researchers Author Position Statement on Active Transportation

    Friday, August 10, 2012
    The Middlesex-London Health Unit recently released HEALTHY CITY/Active London, a position statement on Active Transportation that was co-authored by Dr. Jason Gilliland,

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  • Putting Children's Health on the Map with GIS

    Thursday, May 24, 2012
    Children's health issues are on the rise in Canada: almost 1/3 of children are currently overweight or obese, while cases of asthma, injury and mental health issues continue to climb. In response, Dr. Jason Gilliland, a professor with Western University and a scientist with the Children's Health Research Foundation used GIS to map out

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  • Dr. Jason Gilliland - Recent Recipient of Western's Faculty Scholar Award

    Monday, April 30, 2012
    Congratulations to Jason Gilliland for receiving Western's Faculty Scholar Award. This award recognizes his significant achievements in teaching and research. The recipients of this award are considered all-around scholars and will hold the title of Faculty Scholar for two

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  • Dr Jason Gilliland - Recipient of ESRI Canada's Award of Excellence in GIS

    Tuesday, April 3, 2012
    ESRI Canada presented an Award of Excellence to Dr. Jason Gilliland, a professor at Western University and a scientist for the Children's Health Research Institute, for his outstanding application of geographic information system (GIS) technology to help improve children's

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  • London Community Foundation Responds to Rising Obesity Rates Across Canada

    Thursday, October 13, 2011

    The STEAM project is featured in an article by the London Community Foundation. >>Read the article<<

  • Researchers looking to find where kids play the hardest

    Wednesday, June 15, 2011

    The STEAM project is featured in an article by the London Community News' Sean Meyer >>Read the article<<.

  • Kids tracked to discover how neighbourhoods impact health

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    The STEAM project is featured in an article by London Free Press' Kelly Pedro. >>Read the article<<

  • Study suggests traditional playgrounds could do more to reduce childhood obesity

    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    The STEAM project is featured in an article by the Globe and Mail's Kate Hammer. >>Read the article<<

  • You are where you live

    Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    The STEAM project is featured in an article by Western News. >>Read the article<<

  • Research takes the whole child into account

    Thursday, February 3, 2011

    The STEAM project is featured in an article by Western News' Lauren Nisbet. >>Read the article<<

  • CTV News: Kristian Larsen and Jason Gilliland

    Thursday, April 17, 2008
    Research on supermarket accessibility in London, ON, indicates that big-box stores are pushing smaller, inner-city markets out of business. This creates a so-called "food desert", where low-income, inner-city dwellers find themselves with little access to fresh, healthy foods. [

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