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Physical inactivity and its associated chronic disease risk is a widespread public health issue. Most Canadians do not meet guidelines for minimum physical activity and interventions that attempt to increase physical activity at the individual level are often not sustained.
Public health research has become increasingly focused on the neighbourhood built environment because it may affect long-term physical activity levels in a broad population. Public Health Ontario is conducting innovative work on the relationship between the built environment and health through several research projects. This presentation will describe methods and findings from these projects and discuss implications for future research and urban development policy.
Presenters: Dr. Heather Manson and Justin Thielman
Dr. Heather Manson is the Chief of Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at PHO. She engages with researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in core areas (reproductive, child and youth health, mental health, tobacco control, healthy living, oral health, chronic disease and injury prevention) to generate and accelerate the application of evidence into policy and practice through supporting public health research, evaluation and knowledge synthesis.
Justin Thielman is an Epidemiologist in Health Promotion, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at PHO. He works on several projects that investigate the associations between features of the built environment and neighbourhood walkability.
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