Engaging Communities in Applied Research at Home, at Work, and at Play

Dwayne Sheehan

Summary: A variety of research initiatives recently completed or currently underway at Vivo for Healthier Generations is shared in this presentation. The Faculty of Health, Community and Education at Mount Royal University has partnered with Vivo since the fall of 2011. Over the past five years there have been over 20 unique research projects in partnership with a variety of stakeholders.

Using reliable and validated assessment metrics in a community health setting has been the general theme of most projects. The commitment to scientific evaluation by Vivo falls into three broad categories: 1) The use of wearable devices such as accelerometers and pedometers to objectively measure sedentary behaviour and physical activity throughout the lifespan; 2) Applications of systematic observation (using momentary time sampling) in a variety of settings; 2) Longitudinal and cross sectional studies that evaluate the motor proficiency, developmental growth, and physical literacy of children from 4-12 years of age.

This session shares results, and invites others to get involved with Vivo/MRU to co-create innovative solutions to the complex health challenges facing all Canadians.

Student Abstract presented at the 2016 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Energize Workshop

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