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Construct Validity of the Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale for Africa

HALO researchers Drs. Richard Larouche and Mark Tremblay are among the authors on a paper, “Construct Validity of the Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale for Africa,” that was recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below. Oyeyemi AL, Conway TL, Adedoyin RA, Akinroye KK, Aryeetey R, Assah F, Cain KL, Gavand KA, Kasoma SS, Kolbe-Alexander TL, Lambert EV, Larouche R, Moss SJ, Ocansey R, Onywera VO, Prista A, Tremblay MS, Sallis JF. Construct Validity of the Neighborhood Environment Walkability Scale for Africa. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2017 Mar;49(3):482-491. Abstract PURPOSE: The development of...

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Nature and Why It’s Essential For Kids’ Brains

An information sheet on the importance of nature for kid’s brains has been published on eMentalHealth.ca. HALO Project Manager Dr. Casey Gray and summer students Sheniz Eryuzlu and Laura Callender were involved in the content development of this handout. A summary of the handout is below: Despite all the advances made in modern society, many of today’s children and youth seem to struggle with physical and mental health problems. The good news is that there is a single intervention that can help our children’s physical, mental and spiritual health all at the same time: spontaneous, unstructured outdoor play. There are...

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Mark Tremblay Appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde

Professor Mark Tremblay was recently appointed Visiting Professor in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health, Physical Activity for Health Department at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland for the period 2017-2019. Professor Tremblay has long-standing research collaborations with the University of Strathclyde that will only be strengthened with this...

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Perceptions and Attitudes About Body Weight and Adherence to the Physical Activity Recommendation Among Adolescents: the Moderating Role of Body Mass Index

HALO Research Scientist Dr. Jean-Philippe Chaput is senior author on a paper, “Perceptions and attitudes about body weight and adherence to the physical activity recommendation among adolescents: the moderating role of body mass index,” that was recently published in Public Health. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below. H. Sampasa-Kanyingaa, H.A. Hamiltonc, J. Willmorea, J.-P. Chaput. Perceptions and attitudes about body weight and adherence to the physical activity recommendation among adolescents: the moderating role of body mass index. Public Health Volume 146, May 2017, Pages 75-83. Abstract Objective. We examined the associations between perceptions and attitudes about body weight...

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Excessive Time on Social Networking Sites and Disordered Eating Behaviors Among Undergraduate Students: Appearance and Weight Esteem as Mediating Pathways

HALO Ph.D. candidate Marisa Murray is lead author on a paper, “Excessive Time on Social Networking Sites and Disordered Eating Behaviors Among Undergraduate Students: Appearance and Weight Esteem as Mediating Pathways,” that was recently published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below. Murray M, Maras D, Goldfield GS. Excessive Time on Social Networking Sites and Disordered Eating Behaviors Among Undergraduate Students: Appearance and Weight Esteem as Mediating Pathways. Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2016 Dec;19(12):709-715.   Abstract Social networking sites (SNS) are a popular form of communication among undergraduate students. Body image concerns...

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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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