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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Long-term mental wellbeing of northern communities increasingly affected by wildfires

Smoke behind a tree line in the distance

With climate change conditions favouring the spread of wildfires in Canada – even increasingly affecting the north and subarctic regions in Canada – it is important to address the impact of fire and smoke on the mental health and livelihoods of northern populations, says public health professor Warren Dodd.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Healthy Eating Index can be used to assess Canadian dietary behaviours

sharon Kirkpatrick

How healthy are our eating patterns? Based on nationally representative data from 2011-2012, the average Healthy Eating Index (HEI) score among Americans was 57 out of a possible 100 points, indicating that there is a long way to go in shifting the population’s consumption patterns toward dietary recommendations. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

Youth more at risk for substance abuse than young adults

Unhappy male youth sitting in empty stands

Individuals between the ages of 15-22 are at increased odds for substance use disorders, says a study published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry this month.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

In Memoriam: Eva Neufeld

Eva Neufeld

Eva Neufeld, a valued member of the School of Public Health and Health Systems community, passed away on July 27 after a five-year battle with cancer.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Study shows how the brain controls food cravings

Stylized image of the inner workings of the brain

A newly published study from the University of Waterloo shows that when activity in a specific part of the brain is suppressed, our desire for high-calorie foods increases.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Dementia research gets a boost with new Schlegel Research Chair

Carrie McAiney

While more and more older adults are living with dementia, many are living well, thanks in part to researchers like Carrie McAiney. She works together with individuals with dementia, their families, and care partners to understand and address their future and current needs.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Majority of teenagers need food safety education

Teenager at food prepping station with vegetables

A new study from the University of Waterloo highlights a low level of awareness in youth around the proper precautions that need to be taken when it comes to handling food.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Dieting associated with risky behaviours in teenage girls

Person using cutlery on cigarettes on a plate

Teenage girls who diet are more likely to engage in other health-compromising behaviours, including smoking, binge drinking, and skipping breakfast, a University of Waterloo study recently found.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Plinio Morita’s UbiLab wins Healthy Behaviour Data Challenge

UbiLab members

The Ubiquitous Health Technology Lab (UbiLab), headed by School of Public Health and Health Systems professor Plinio Morita, was one of three $25,000 winners in a national competition aimed at generating new methods to collect and use data in public health monitoring.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Ellen MacEachen named to labour council experts panel

Ellen MacEachen

The Labour Market Information Council (LMIC) has named Ellen MacEachen, professor and associate director in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, a member of the newly formed 14-person Labour Market Information Experts Panel.

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