Dr. Ardern is an Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University (Toronto, Canada). Dr. Ardern completed his Ph.D. work in physical activity epidemiology (Queen’s University, 2006) where he focused on modeling the impact of therapeutic lifestyle change on high-risk subgroups of the population. His 5 year research plan is to i) assess the interaction between individual level risk factors and the social and physical environment on physical activity behaviours in ethnically diverse communities at high-risk for chronic disease; ii) investigate the value added by the incorporation of anthropometric and physical activity assessments into current chronic disease risk algorithms; iii) develop a methodology for the geospatial analysis of chronic disease outcome and risk factor clustering for targeted intervention, and; iv) assess sex and gender variation in the utility of current risk algorithms in the prediction of chronic disease, healthcare utilization, and behavioural interventions. Dr. Ardern’s work is currently funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.
As a new faculty member he has been a participant in the Canadian Obesity Network bootcamp (Duschenay, QC) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Physical Activity and Public Health short course, CIHR review panel member, UK Cancer Society and Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada ad hoc reviewer, Gender, Sex, and Health Strategic Planning workshop participant, and advisory committee member to Canadian Mental Health Association’s Minding Our Bodies: Physical Activity for Mental Health program (www.mindingourbodies.ca).
Dr. Ardern is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the Canadian Obesity Network, The Obesity Society, the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, and the Canadian Society of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.Dr. Ardern is a member of the Steering Committee for the Jane-Finch Caring Village Promoting Excellence mentoring program (Jane Finch Caring Village). He is also currently a member of the local organizing committee for the 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health (www.cflri.ca/icpaph) and the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (www.csep.ca/conferences).
Longitudinal Path of
Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors: The Coronary Artery Risk Development
in Young Adults (CARDIA) study
Vivian Poon earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from York University in Kinesiology & Health Science and is currently in her second year of a Master of Science degree under the supervision of Dr. Chris Ardern. Her research interests include the epidemiology of obesity, physical activity, fitness, cardio-metabolic conditions, and social determinants of health. Her thesis work, entitled “Longitudinal Path of Metabolic Syndrome Risk Factors: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study”, will aim to determine a character profile for those most at risk of developing metabolic syndrome in order to provide insight into the development of effective intervention methods that can be incorporated at critical transitions throughout early and middle-adulthood.
Vivian is a Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) Certified Personal Trainer. At the 2009 CSEP Conference - Ideas Crossing Boundaries, she was the winner of the inaugural Health and Fitness Program award (CPT) for her research entitled “Physical Activity and Healthcare Utilization among Older Adults”. Vivian was also the winner of the Masters' (oral) presentation award at the 2nd Canadian Obesity Student Meeting in Ottawa, 2010. Vivian is currently employed as an analyst with the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). She was the vice-chair of the Canadian Obesity Network: Students and New Professional - York University Chapter, and a prominent member of the Graduate Research Association for Students in Public Health (GRASP) at York University.
Thesis: The association of built environment with leisure-time and transport-related physical activity and chronic diseaseEric graduated from York University with a double major in biology and psychology and is in his second year of studies of his Master's degree. Eric's thesis will focus on measures of the built environment and how they are associated with leisure-time and transport-related physical activity and chronic disease outcomes, employing a GIS approach. His other research interests include cardiovascular disease, cancer, injuries, physical activity and obesity.
Eric has work previously in the Rapid Response Radiotherapy Program clinic as a research assistant at the Odette Cancer Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. He held the position of Academic Affairs Officer for the Graduate Research Association for Students in Public Health (GRASP) and Financial Director for the York Chapter of the Canadian Obesity Network – Student and New Professionals (CON-SNP) organizations.
Thesis: The effect of obesity
and physical activity on cardiometabolic health risks in East Asian
sub-groups in Canada
Jason Xin Nie is a second year Masters student with Dr. Ardern. He obtained his B.Sc (Honors) at the University of Toronto with a double major in Life Sciences and Bioethics. Jason's thesis will examine the effect of obesity and physical activity on cardiometabolic health risks in East Asian sub-groups in Canada.
Prior to starting his Masters degree, Jason worked at the Primary Care Research Unit (PCRU), Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and at the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB). Currently, Jason is the Chair of the Canadian Obesity Network: Students and New Professional - York University Chapter (CON-SNP). Previously, he was the co-communications director of the CON-SNP, and the vice-president of the Graduate Research Association for Students in Public Health (GRASP) at York University.
Jasmine obtained her Bachelors of Science Degree (Honors) in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University. Her research interests include epidemiology of metabolic syndrome, physical activity, obesity, and chronic diseases. Jasmine has an extensive background in the field of health and fitness, having obtained her CPT and has work experience in the commercial fitness industry.
She has also worked in multidisciplinary clinical settings specializing in weight loss and exercise therapy. Her lab background involves work at the York University Centre for Vision Research under the direction of Dr. D. Henriques and also in Dr. H. Tamim’s study on Tai Chi for older adults. She is also a member of the Canadian Obesity Network – Student and New Professional and the Graduate Research Association for Students in Public Health (GRASP) at York University.
Shannon Smyth received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology & Health Studies from Queen’s University, where she was also a member of the Queen’s Golden Gaels women’s hockey team. She is a first year student in the REACH lab with research interests in the epidemiology of obesity, type II diabetes, and cardio-metabolic conditions among older adults.
At Queen’s, Shannon was a member of the Mostly Muscle program which ran out of the Kingston YMCA with the goal of increasing muscle mass for people over fifty-five years of age. She was also greatly involved with the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston in running various programs and events. Shannon is the Co-communications Director of the Canadian Obesity Network – Student and New Professional at York University and a member of the Graduate Research Association for Students in Public Health (GRASP).
Effect of Weight Cycling
on Body Composition, Morbidity, and Mortality
Elmira Raeifar earned her undergraduate degree at York University where she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health Science. Her Masters degree was also completed at York University under the supervision of Dr. Chris Ardern.
Elmira is interested in the assessment of the impact of lifestyle modification on population and public health and the role of lifestyle factors in prediction of chronic diseases (Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer) and mortality. Her masters’ thesis research, “Effect of Weight Cycling on Body Composition, Morbidity, and Mortality” examined the influence of weight cycling on quantitatively assessed body composition and subsequent health risk; she investigated the relationship between whole body fat percentage, BMI and central adiposity in postmenopausal women with a history of weight cycling and estimated the dose-response association between weight cycling, BMI, chronic diseases and mortality in a large sample of postmenopausal women (The Women's Health Initiative - Observational study).
During her academic work was also involved as the V.P. of Finance and Administration at the Canadian Obesity Network: Students and New Professional (CON-SNP) - York University Chapter. Presently, Elmira is employed by the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and has joined the SR Clearinghouse Systematic Review team.
Raeifar, E., Ardern, Chris I.The Impact of Sedentary Activity on Weight Management Among a Sample of Post-menopausal Women. International Congress of Physical Activity and Public Health, Toronto (May 7, 2010).
Ardern, C.I., Raeifar, E., and Kuk, J.L. Comparison of behavioural characteristics and mortality risk in postmenopausal women with a history of successful weight loss maintenance or weight cycling. Presented at the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Vancouver (November 12, 2009).
Raeifar, E., Kuk, J.L., and Ardern, C.I. Associations Between Anthropometrics, Adiposity And Mortality In Individuals With A History Of Weight Cycling. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 41(5) Supplement. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine, Seattle, WA (May 27, 2009).
Raeifar, E.,Dogra, S., Baker, J., and Ardern, C.I. Associations between physical activity, body mass index, and healthcare utilization in Canadians with diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 40(5): S484. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, IN (May 31, 2008).