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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 Communities and Injury Prevention Team with the Middlesex-London Health Unit and co-chair of ASRTS committee, a community partnership with representation from numerous organizations throughout the Ontario counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford, and the cities of London and St. Thomas.  Emily completed her MA in Geography with Dr Gilliland in the Human Environments Analysis Lab at Western, where she conducted thesis research on children’s active transportation.  The two main goals of ASRTS are to promote physical activity and to improve safety of children on their journey to and from school, using comprehensive health promotion strategies such as engineering, engagement, education, research, and policy development.  The HEAL Team, under the guidance of Gilliland and Dr Andrew Clark, leads the critical elements of data analysis and program evaluation for ASRTS activities.See Board of Health report on ASRTS by Dr Mackie, Medical Officer of Health, here.