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We work with the media to increase awareness of evidence-based findings that can influence neighbourhood design policy in Canada and abroad. See our media appearances below and click on the date to read more!

Calgary Flames initiatives help improve overall health in our city

January 26, 2021

UCalgary News, University of Calgary

Authored by O’Brien Institute for Public Health Staff

"Professional sports teams can motivate, educate and inspire people from all walks of life to live a healthier life."

Parents' high anxiety levels linked to less active kids during pandemic

December 18, 2020

UCalgary News, University of Calgary

Article by Brittany DeAngelis

"Young people whose parents report high anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic are moving less and spending more time on screens than those with low-anxiety parents, according to a study published in Preventive Medicine Reports."

In,"Twenty-five years of Health & Place: Citation classics, internationalism and interdisciplinarity"

Health and Place, 61 (2020) 102202

Authored by Moon, G. & Pearce, J.

The 2010 paper titled, "Characteristics of urban parks associated with park use and physical activity: A review of qualitative research," by Dr. Gavin McCormack et al. was recognized by Health and Place as having the eighth highest citation rate per year in the publications 25-year history.

Why healthy communities may equal a healthy heart

February 13, 2020

UCalgary News, University of Calgary

Article by Brittany DeAngelis

"A partnership between researchers from the Cumming School of Medicine (CSM) and Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan is contributing to our understanding of how ‘where we live’ is connected to cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death in Canada."

New research investigates how neighbourhoods influence adults' health and well-being

July 6, 2019

Global News Morning Calgary

Interview by Tracy Nagai

"Neighbourhoods that typically have more greenspace and recreation are associated with better mental health outcomes while neighbourhoods that have more connectivity are associated with better cardiovascular and weight outcomes. The overall design and walkability of a neighbourhood is associated with factors such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular outcomes."

Neighbourhood design linked to weight, risk of injury and chronic disease

June 10, 2019

UToday, University of Calgary

Written by Brittany DeAngelis, for the O'Brien Institute for Public Health

"Decades of evidence suggest neighbourhood urban design can impact physical activity, diet, and social interaction, but showing that it might also have long-term consequences in terms of chronic disease, injury, and weight further highlights the importance of creating health-supportive environments."

Is your city making you sick?

May 23, 2019

On Demand at 6:40am 

Global News Radio 

770 CHQR 

"How neighbourhoods are designed have an impact on chronic health outcomes such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, as well as injury, and mental health."

Is your city making you sick?

May 21, 2019  

Calgary CityTV Breakfast Television

Interview by Ted Henley

"Designing neighbourhoods and communities that make the healthy choice the easy choice."

Is your city making you sick?

May 16, 2019

Sustainable Calgary

"People should consider how their current and future residential neighbourhoods potentially influence their health in the short and long term."

ISBNPA's 15 most cited papers

February 13, 2019

ISBNPA, Twitter

Dr. Gavin McCormack and Dr. Alan Shiell's review, "In Search of Causality: A Systematic Review of the Relationship between the Built Environment and Physical Activity Among Adults," was recognized as the 14th most cited article in the 15 years of publishing by ISBNPA.

Making communities walkable - again

Summer 24 April 2017

Apple Magazine

Written by Russ Peters. Illustrated by Eric Chow.

"Across Alberta, people, communities and governments are talking about - and taking action on - walking."

How do we make health sustainable in our communities?

May 8, 2017

UToday, University of Calgary

"Exploring the connection between community health and well-being with a focus on the built environment, parks/nature and social justice was the theme of the final event in the 2016/17 sustainability speaker series, Calgary and Beyond: Sustainability in the Next 20 Years."

5 reasons to start cycling to work

April 21, 2017

Sun Life Financial

Interview by Sylvie Tremblay.

"Turning physical activity into a regular part of your workday schedule makes it easier to stay active and, as a result, your health, your finances and the environment can all benefit."

Healthy Communities

March 1, 2017

Impact Magazine

Written by Chris Welner.

"U of C researchers have found that people tend to be fitter and weigh less when they live in neighbourhoods with grid-patterned streets that are within a 15-minute walk of amenities such as grocery stores, transit stops, schools and work places."

University of Calgary to host international conference on walking

October 6, 2016

UToday, University of Calgary

Interview by Sean Myers.

"Walk21 gathering in September 2017 will discuss and debate how to nurture a culture of walking in Calgary."

International walking conference coming to Calgary in 2017

October 6, 2016

660 News

Interview by Tahirih Foroozan

“This is a great opportunity for Calgary to showcase some of the great work that it’s doing here in the city around walkability and walking, but also to be introduced to some of the ideas that are being undertaken around the world."

Neighbourhood walkability

June 29, 2016

Calgary CityTV Breakfast Television

Written by Leah Sarich

"If neighbourhoods are more walkable, the people living in these communities will be healthier in the long run and this healthier lifestyle will affect generations to come."

Gavin McCormack - Avenue Calgary's 2014 Top 40 Under 40

November 1, 2014

Avenue Magazine

Written by Christina Frangou

"Gavin McCormack’s research looks for a societal response to problems like the obesity epidemic, and he’s finding ways to build healthier, more active neighbourhoods."

How a long commute could lead to obesity

August 1, 2014

Global National Television

By Tamara Elliott and Heather Yourex-West

"The link between drive time and obesity is worthy of attention. Driving is considered a sedentary activity and in Canada most adults are already spending far too much time sitting down."

U of C study suggests we are driving ourselves to greater obesity

August 1, 2014

Calgary Herald

Written by Jamie Komarnicki.

"According to a new U of C study, the more time drivers spend behind the wheel, the more likely they are to be overweight."

Driving towards obesity

August 1, 2014

UToday, University of Calgary.

"Q&A with public health researcher Gavin McCormack on his study showing the more adults drive, the more likely they are to be overweight."

More time driving increases obesity risk, study suggests

August 1, 2014

CBC Television.

"A study out of the University of Calgary suggests drivers who spend more time behind the wheel are more likely to be overweight."

Kids' friends may be good influence for exercise

December 3, 2013

Huffington Post

By Chioma Ihekweazu

"A recent review found that the physical activity levels of a child's friend can positively influence the physical activity levels of that child."

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