Are communities partly to blame for our children’s health problems?

Research from Western University suggests that the way we have built communities in Canada the past few decades is partly to blame for rising rates of childhood obesity, respiratory problems and mental health issues.

Jason Gilliland, a professor in Western’s Department of Geography, explores these potentially game-changing findings in this month’s free Classes Without Quizzes event, scheduled for Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Stevenson Hunt Room, Central Branch, London Public Library.

Also serving as the director of Western’s Urban Development Program, Gilliland is particularly interested in the dynamics of environmental and social change from the scale of entire cities down to the level of individual buildings and their inhabitants. His ongoing research focuses on various aspects of urban planning and development, urban design, housing, transportation, children’s geographies and public health in Canadian cities.

This one-and-a-half hour presentation is the final installment of the 2011-12 edition of Classes without Quizzes.

For more information, please visit http://communications.uwo.ca/CWQ/

MEDIA CONTACT: Ashley Conyngham, Community Relations Specialist, 519-661-2111, ext.  85467, aconyng@uwo.ca