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Why working at PHO is important to me:

"Working in the area of HPCDIP at PHO provides tremendous opportunities to stay abreast of the top priorities in public health in Ontario, to impact decisions, and to produce solution-oriented research by generating evidence to inform interventions for chronic disease prevention. During my graduate studies and now as a scientist at PHO, my research has focused on examining the impact and implementation of interventions on the health of Canadians. I am passionate and excited about the work I’ve done and the work I’m currently doing."

Erin Hobin, Scientist
New: Scientist Profile
Watch Dr. Erin Hobin talk about:
  • What excites her about her work
  • The impact of her research
  • Why she chose PHO

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  • Adjunct professor, University of Waterloo 

Academic degrees and accreditations 

  • Doctor of philosophy (Health Studies), School of Public Health Systems, University of Waterloo
  • Master of arts (Education), Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Areas of expertise

  • Population-level interventions for obesity prevention
  • Environmental factors and obesity-related behaviours including healthy eating and physical activity
  • School-based policies targeting physical activity and healthy eating
  • Food and nutrition labels

PHO research interests

  • Understanding the association between environmental factors and obesity and obesity-related risk behaviours.
  • Investigating population-level policy and environmental interventions focused on nutrition and physical activity promotion for the purposes of obesity prevention
  • Examining the impact of nutrition policies and programs on behaviour 

Current PHO research activities

  • Investigating the impact of a simplified labelling system on food purchases in supermarkets across Canada.
  • Examining the understanding and use of Nutrition Facts tables among young Canadians.
  • Examining the nutritional quality of children’s meals and the food environments available to children in fast-food chain restaurants in Canada.
  • Collaborating on a quasi-experimental study examining the impact of the built environment on health behaviours including physical activity and mental health.
  • Collaborating on a quasi-experimental study investigating the impact of a province-wide physical education policy on adolescents’ physical activity behaviours.
  • Collaborating on a study of the status of a province-wide daily physical activity policy in Ontario elementary schools.
  • Collaborating on a study investigating the impact of the Sparking Life intervention on students’ academic achievement, mental health, and physical activity.

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