Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
University of Alberta
Summary of research:
In the past few decades, the prevalence of obesity and related chronic disease risk factors (i.e., high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol) among children have steadily increased in Canada. This trend is alarming because these risk factors have several short and long term health and economic consequences. Evidence suggests that a lack of physical activity (i.e., walking, swimming) and excessive sedentary behaviour (i.e., television, computer use) are important determinants of obesity and related risk factors. Therefore, effective strategies to increase physical activity and decrease sedentary behaviour that translate into improved health outcomes among children are needed. My research activities to date, which include physical activity and sedentary behaviour surveillance; the relationship between physical activity and sedentary behaviour with health; and the determinants of physical activity and sedentary behaviour, have been designed to address this need. My current research interest is in young children and their caregivers because fostering healthy active living behaviours in this age group can help lay the foundation for a healthy active lifestyle throughout life.?????