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Recent Trends in the Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity Among Canadian Children

A couple of months ago, a paper was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal describing a halt or even reversal of the prevalence in childhood obesity in Canada. HALO Director Dr. Mark Tremblay was among the researchers with some concerns over the accuracy of the analysis used by the authors of that paper. Dr. Tremblay is one of the authors of a letter recently published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal related to this. Click here to read the...

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Dr. Gunnell Presents Research at NASPSPA

Dr. Katie Gunnell attended the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) in Montreal Quebec June 16-18 where she gave a verbal presentation. Citation details of the presentation are below: Gunnell, K. E., Brunet, J., Sabiston, C. M., Bélanger, M. (2016). Direct, indirect and reciprocal relationships between psychological need satisfaction and physical activity in adolescents: Their effect on health-related quality of life. Paper presented at the annual general meeting of the North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, Montreal,...

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Research by Drs. Gunnell, Goldfield, Buchholz and Colleagues Receives a Spotlight

A publication by Drs. Katie Gunnell, Gary Goldfield, Annick Buchholz, and colleagues titled, “Examining the Bidirectional Relationship Between Physical Activity, Screen Time, and Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression Over Time During Adolescence”  was spotlighted in Perseverance – a newsletter of the Canadian Psychological Association’s Sport and Exercise Psychology Section. Click here to read the...

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CSEP Special Supplement – Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep

The 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep were developed by HALO, the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, the Conference Board of Canada, the Public Health Agency of Canada, ParticipACTION and a group of leading researchers from Canada and around the world, and with input from over 700 national and international stakeholders. Background research informing the new guidelines has been published — and is open access — in a special issue of Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, released yesterday: www.nrcresearchpress.com/toc/apnm/41/6+%28Suppl.+3%29 HALOites were authors on the nine papers in this special issue....

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Canadian Kids Are Inactive and May Be Losing Sleep Over It

Version français   TORONTO (ONTARIO) June 16, 2016 – If you think kids can get a little physical activity and then play video games into the wee hours, yet remain healthy, you’re in for a rude awakening. There are important relationships among sleep, physical activity and sedentary behaviour and new research shows that sedentary lifestyles are connected to a creeping ‘sleepidemic’ in Canadian children and youth. That is why, for the first time, the 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth assigns a grade to sleep and includes new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children...

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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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