Journal Club: The Built Environment and Physical Activity

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Journal Club: The Built Environment and Physical Activity

September 14, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

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The W21C Journal Club + is proud to present:

Levi Frehlich
MSc Student in Population/Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary
Research Assistant, Advocacy Committee Chair: CON-YYC

Presentation Summary:

The built environment is defined by the CDC as “all of the physical parts of where we live and work (e.g., homes, buildings, streets, open spaces, and
infrastructure).” This talk will focus on how the built environment can influence physical activity, and more specifically neighbourhood-based physical activity. A look at different measurement tools, devices, and examples of varying built characteristics will be given.
A view of how future research on the built environment as it relates to physical activity will be explored.
Lastly, an overview of the upcoming Walk21 conference co-hosted by the University of Calgary and the City of Calgary will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain the ability to recognize different aspects of the built environment that relate to physical activity.
  2. Obtain knowledge into the different measurement tools available to researchers investigating the built environment and physical activity.
  3. Acquire the ability to recognize the strengths and limitations of the associations between physical activity and the built environment.
  4. Learn more about the upcoming Walk21 conference co-hosted by the University of Calgary and the City of Calgary.

The W21C Journal Club+ is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

About the Speaker:

Levi Frehlich earned his BSc (Hons) in Kinesiology from the University of Calgary where he researched dietary patterns of undergraduate students. Currently he is a graduate student in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences, working on developing a neighbourhood-based physical activity questionnaire. His research involves combining subjective self-report surveys of physical activity, with objective measurements of physical activity location and intensity. Levi is also the Chair of the Advocacy Committee for the Calgary Chapter of the Canadian Obesity Network. Along with his academic and advocacy work, Levi runs Luxury Nutrition and Fitness, a health blog aimed at disseminating physical activity, nutrition, and health research to the general population.


September 14, 2017
9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Calgary, AB T2N 4Z6 Canada
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