Built Environment, Obesity and Health Strategic Initiative


The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and our partners the CIHR Institutes of: Aging (IA); Circulatory and Respiratory Health (ICRH); Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH); Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA); Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD); and Population and Public Health (IPPH) are pleased to support Built Environment, Obesity and Health research.

The nine funded projects are listed below:
  • Features of the built environment in residential neighbourhoods that influence excess weight and weight related behaviours in a cohort of children at risk for obesity.
    Principal investigator: Barnett, Tracie A. (Sainte-Justine Hospital)
    Project summary 
  • A longitudinal examination of the relationship between the built environment, physical activity, and social factors within the Capital Health Region of Alberta.
    Principal investigator: Berry, Tanya R. (University of Alberta)
    Project summary 
  • Understanding the impact of the built environment on decisions to cycle as a mode of urban transport.
    Principal investigator: Brauer, Michael (University of British Columbia)
    Project summary 
  • Built Environment and Active Transport (BEAT). 
    Principal investigators: Faulkner, Guy E. J. and Buliung, Ron (University of Toronto)
    Project summary 
  • Built environment influences on diet, physical activity, and obesity: a transdisciplinary approach.
    Principal investigator: Frank, Lawrence (University of British Columbia)
    Project summary
  • Optimizing investments in the built environment to reduce youth obesity.
    Principal investigators: Lyons, Renée F. and Grant, Jill L. (Dalhousie University)
    Project summary
    Project web site: The Environment, Nutrition and Acitivity
  • Obesity prevention and the built environment: examining opportunities and barriers in four Alberta communities.
    Principal investigator: Nykiforuk, Candace I. J. (University of Alberta)
    Project summary
  • A longitudinal study of environmental determinants of overweight among children: the SHAPEs of things to come.
    Principal investigator: Spence, John C. (University of Alberta)
    Project summary  
  • Bicyclists' Injuries and the Cycling Environment (the BICE study).
    Principal investigator: Teschke, Kay (University of British Columbia)
    Project summary

For more information, please contact:
Ann Nguyen
Information/Project Coordinator 
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada 
Phone: 613.569.4361 ext. 268