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PHO GRAND ROUNDS:

Public health approaches to measuring the urban built environment and its effects on health: a focus on diabetes

Chronic diseases caused by overweight and obesity are rapidly growing health problems. A host of environmental factors have contributed to the obesity epidemic, including trends toward larger portion sizes, the ubiquity of high-calorie convenience foods and urban design that discourages walking and increases our reliance on cars. Consequently, the neighbourhoods people live in may have a profound influence on health through the opportunities they provide for achieving a healthy lifestyle. Our work evaluates the relationship between environmental factors and the risk of diabetes. Modifiable factors within the urban built environment may be ideal targets for interventions aimed at preventing obesity-related diseases like diabetes.

Presenter: Dr. Gillian Booth

Dr. Gillian Booth is a scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, where she is also a practicing endocrinologist. Dr. Booth is also an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on how socioeconomic, environmental and health care factors influence the risk of diabetes and its complications.

Currently, Dr. Booth is leading a four-year project funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) studying the role of the built environment in the obesity and diabetes epidemics. She has served on several advisory committees for the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Canadian Chronic Disease Surveillance System and she is the methodology chair for the 2013 Canadian Diabetes Association Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Presenter: Marisa Creatore

Marisa Creatore is an epidemiologist and research manager at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. She is also an epidemiologist at ICES. She has just completed her doctorate in epidemiology at the University of Toronto.

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