by Maria Trujillo
On February 1st, 2016, Eric Fox, 2015 graduate of the SCARP master’s program presented a poster on his recent research examining the relationship between workplace neighbourhood environment, physical activity and healthy living at the 2016 Active Living Research (ALR) Conference in Clearwater Beach, FL. The ALR Conference, held annually in the U.S., is a premier public health and planning venue that brings together internationally recognized researchers and practitioners in the field. Eric Fox was joined at the conference by his supervisor and Professor in Sustainable Transport at SCARP, Dr. Larry Frank, who presented on recent UBC research from a Study of Travel, Health and Activity Patterns along the Comox-Helmcken Greenway
Eric Fox presented recent findings from his SCARP capstone project analyzing the built environment around participants’ worksite locations and examining them in relation to participants’ health outcomes including moderate-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and sedentary time spent in automobiles. A core objective of the study was to demonstrate that work environments which better enable active transportation and transit use are more supportive of healthy living and thereby help to reduce sedentary behaviour.
PHOTO: SCARP graduate Eric Fox (left), Dr. Jim Sallis (center), Program Director of ALR and Professor of Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and Dr. Larry Frank (right), Professor in Sustainable Transport at SCARP and Director of the Health & Community Design Lab at the School of Population & Public Health at UBC.