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Special Journal Issue: The “New” ParticipACTION

HALO Director Dr. Mark Tremblay, post-doctoral fellow Dr. Eun-Young Lee and HALO alumna Dr. Allana LeBlanc are authors on several papers recently published together in a special issue of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada. Citation details are below. Exploring the impact of the ‘new’ ParticipACTION: overview and introduction of the special issue Guy Faulkner, Lira Yun, Mark S. Tremblay, John C. Spence ParticipACTION after 5 years of relaunch: a quantitative survey of Canadian organizational awareness and capacity regarding physical activity initiatives Guy Faulkner, Subha Ramanathan, Ronald C. Plotnikoff, Tanya Berry, Sameer Deshpande, Amy E. Latimer-Cheung, Ryan...

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Strategies for Dealing with Missing Accelerometer Data

HALO Director Dr. Mark Tremblay is co-author on a paper, “Strategies for Dealing with Missing Accelerometer Data,” that was recently published in Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below. Stephens S, Beyene J, Tremblay MS, Faulkner G, Pullnayegum E, Feldman BM. Strategies for Dealing with Missing Accelerometer Data. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2018 May;44(2):317-326. Abstract Missing data is a universal research problem that can affect studies examining the relationship between physical activity measured with accelerometers and health outcomes. Statistical techniques are available to deal with missing data; however, available techniques have...

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Angelica Blais’ Research Featured on the Mitacs Website

HALO PhD student Angelica Blais recently had her Master’s thesis work featured in a story titled, “Kids with heart disease hit the court” on the Mitacs website. From the story: Diagnosed with a congenital heart defect (CHD) at age nine, Mitacs researcher Angelica Blais knows what it’s like to feel like you have to sit on the sidelines. “When you’re a kid with heart disease, there are real physical and psychological limitations to being active,” she says. That’s why Angelica jumped at the opportunity to research physical literacy programs for kids with CHD through a Mitacs internship.  She partnered...

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New Resources Available to Help Early Years Children Meet New Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines

ParticipACTION, in partnership with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation at the University of Alberta, and the Public Health Agency of Canada have prepared resources to assist care providers with implementing the new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years (0-4 years): An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep – see the weblinks below to access the new materials. BUILDYOURBESTDAY.COM/EARLYYEARS...

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Making a Case for Cardiorespiratory Fitness Surveillance Among Children and Youth

HALO alumnus Dr. Justin Lang is lead author on a paper, “Making a Case for Cardiorespiratory Fitness Surveillance Among Children and Youth,” that was recently published in Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews. Citation details and a summary of the paper are below. Lang JJ, Tomkinson GR, Janssen I, Ruiz JR, Ortega FB, Léger L, Tremblay MS. Making a Case for Cardiorespiratory Fitness Surveillance Among Children and Youth. Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2018 Apr;46(2):66-75.   Abstract We review the evidence that supports cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) as an important indicator of current and future health among school-aged children and youth, independent...

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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 5 researchers), a childhood obesity clinical team (Centre for Healthy Active Living), 16 graduate students, trainees, undergraduate students, and many community volunteers. Since its inception in 2007, HALO has received over $14.5 million in research funding; produced more than 600 peer-reviewed publications; has given more than 1050 scholarly presentations locally, nationally and internationally; and secured more than 1.5 billion media impressions!

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