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Government of Canada and Heart and Stroke Foundation take action on obesity
Date:3/8/2011

Ottawa (March 8, 2011) The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, today announced three new research initiatives studying how the design of neighbourhoods impact obesity. The studies were funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC).

"The research announced today will lead us down a path to better health for Canadians by reducing obesity levels through improved community design, more active lifestyles, and increased access to healthy food choices," said Minister Aglukkaq.

The three research teams will be funded through the Built Environment: Population Health Intervention Research Strategic Initiative for a total of $1.7 million over three years. The projects were approved through a competitive peer review process. This research will build on the 11 research projects funded by the built environment initiative in 2007.

"How we plan, design, and build communities has a lasting influence on the activity levels and food choices of the people who live in them," said Dr. Jean Rouleau, Scientific Director of the CIHR Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health. "Furthering our understanding of how neighbourhood layout and design influence health will inform polices and future urban planning to improve the health of Canadians."

The successful projects are:

  • Identifying causal effects of the built environment on physical activity, diet and obesity among children. Dr. Jason Gilliland and team (University of Western Ontario)
  • A moving study: Physical Activity and diet before and after residential relocation. Dr. Lawrence Frank, Dr. Michael Brauer, and team (University of British Columbia)
  • TIME (Tools, Information, Motivation, Environment) for health: a multi-level intervention to promote healthy eating in children and their families. Dr. Sara Kirk and team (Dalhousie University)

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Contact: David Coulombe
mediarelations@cihr-irsc.gc.ca
613-941-4563
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Source:Eurekalert

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