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SmartAPPetite Study Featured in Local Media

Professor Jason Gilliland was recently featured in the London Free Press  and on CBC Radio’s Ontario Morning discussing the results of a newly-published intervention study using his team's SmartAPPetite local food app for iPhones. The study revealed that 80% of participants believed they benefitted in some way from using the app, including improving their food purchasing, eating habits, food knowledge, and/or health.  After the intervention, SmartAPPetite users registered a decrease in the consumption of sugary drinks, fast food and pre-packaged meals, and an increase in consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.  The SmartAPPetite team is currently working to expand the project to reach a wider population of users across Canada.  Listen to Dr Gilliland speaking on CBC here: [LINK TO AUDIO]

Gilliland’s research featured in Canadian Geographic

Insights by Western Geography professor Dr. Jason Gilliland are featured in the April 2015 issue of Canadian Geographic. In the article entitled “The Geography of Obesity”, writer Paul Webster discusses ongoing research by Jason and his team in the Human Environments Analysis Lab on how good urban planning and design can help promote population health and reverse rising obesity rates by making it easier to be physically active and eat healthy. Webster writes that “Jason Gilliland has turned the entire city of London – with its walkable historical core surrounded by concentric rings of largely unwalkable modern suburbs – into a laboratory”. Some of the maps that Jason and his team in the HEALab have created are available online at: [Link]

Social Science & Humanities Research Council Storyteller: Marylynn Steckley

Marylynn Steckley, a PhD Candidate in Western Geography, was featured in the most recent edition of Dialogue - SSHRC's eNewsletter - as a final five finalist of SSHRC's three minute storytellers competition. She is interested in the ecological and sociological impacts of the idiom “you are what you eat.” Marylynn studies how the pursuit of greater social status through conspicuous consumption of luxury foods and delicacies can shape food systems in ways that reproduce poverty and facilitate ecological destruction. Despite this, she argues that food systems and eating practices can potentially also be emancipatory. Her current research investigates local responses in rural Haiti to encroachment by the global food market—specifically, how peasant resistance manifests in dietary choices and farming practices. Marylynn has also conducted field research in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Haiti. [WATCH]

Taking a Fresh Look at Social Housing

 Geography professor Michael Buzzelli, who teaches in the Urban Development program at Western, was recently featured in the Western News to discuss rethinking social housing in London, ON.  Buzzelli feels "there’s an opportunity to reintegrate those communities with the wider fabric of London. That requires some strategic thinking around planning and urban development." [ARTICLE]

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