Author: Joel

Game On! Street Hockey Ban Lifted in Toronto

Two weeks ago, “Ontario’s new minister of children and youth services sent an open letter to [Toronto] city councillors asking that they vote to strike down the ban” on street hockey, which had been prohibited in Toronto for safety reasons. HALO Director Dr. Mark Tremblay voiced his support for lifting the ban in a story that ran in The Globe and Mail: Dr. Mark Tremblay said street hockey — more so than organized sport, recreation centres and increased time in gym class — could help stave off child obesity in Canada. The director of the Healthy Active Living and Obesity...

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Dr. Katie Gunnell’s Research Featured in the 2015 CHEO Research Institute Annual Report

On July 5th, the 2015 CHEO Research Institute Annual Report was released, which showcases research that took place at the CHEORI in 2015 and shines a light on both early stage and experienced researchers. Dr. Katie Gunnell’s research on examining and influencing barriers to physical activity in children and youth is featured on pages 12-13 of the Annual Report. Click here to read the feature....

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Dr. Patricia Longmuir Receives CIHR New Investigator Salary Award

HALO Scientist Dr. Patricia Longmuir is the recipient of a CIHR New Investigator Salary Award. There are 40 such awards given out each year to Canadian researchers who are within the first 5 years of their career (after completion of training). The award provides funding of $60,000 per year for 5 years towards Dr. Longmuir’s salary as an independent scientist. The support will enable her to lead her research program, LIFFE and Health for Young Children with Congenital Heart Defects (LIFFE = Learning, Independence, Friendships, Fitness, and Emotional Health). Here is a summary of Dr. Longmuir’s research program: My innovative research uses physical activity...

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Evaluating the ParticipACTION “Think Again” Campaign

HALO Director Dr. Mark Tremblay is one of the authors on a paper, “Evaluating the ParticipACTION “Think Again” Campaign,” that was recently published in Health Education & Behavior. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below. Gainforth HL, Jarvis JW, Berry TR, Chulak-Bozzer T, Deshpande S, Faulkner G, Rhodes RE, Spence JC, Tremblay MS, Latimer-Cheung AE. Evaluating the ParticipACTION “Think Again” Campaign. Health Educ Behav. 2016 Aug;43(4):434-41. Abstract Introduction ParticipACTION‘s 2011 “Think Again” campaign aimed to draw parents’, and specifically mothers’, attention to the amount of physical activity (PA) their children do relative to the national guidelines (physical...

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About HALO

The Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) was established in 2007 in response to the escalating obesity crisis and the increasing complexity of related co-morbidities. Today the HALO team consists of 17 staff (including 6 researchers), a childhood obesity clinical team (Centre for Healthy Active Living), 17 graduate students, and many community volunteers. Since its inception in 2007, HALO has received over $12 million in research funding; produced more than 520 peer-reviewed publications; has given more than 980 scholarly presentations locally, nationally and internationally; and secured more than 1.3 billion media impressions!

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