Current research activities include: i) the surveillance of physical inactivity, obesity, and chronic disease risk factor clustering in Canada; ii) assessment of the impact of lifestyle modification on population and public health; iii) refinement of anthropometric tools for the identification of obesity-related health risk, and; iii) the role of lifestyle factors in prediction of cardiometabolic risk.
The focus of this research is to address high-risk subgroups of the population by envisioning both clinically relevant, and population-specific research related to the screening and primary prevention of chronic disease. Emerging areas of interest include the use of spatial analysis for the enhancement of cardiovascular disease surveillance, ethnic differences in cardiometabolic risk, and the contribution of the built and social environment to physical activity behaviour.
Funding is currently held for projects related to the geospatial analysis of cardiovascular disease (Public Health Agency of Canada), knowledge translation workshops (Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario), and collaborative research related to pre-diabetes screening and intervention (PRE-PAID; Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion), community-based Tai Chi interventions (SSHRC), and a social-eccological assessment of the relationship between the built environment and physical activity (Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion).
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