Smart Cities, Healthy Kids launches its new website

September 27, 2012

Smart Cities, Healthy Kids has launched its new website, with information on all of the work of Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine and the Smart Cities team (including an upcoming workshop in October on Creating Active Communities).

The aim of Smart Cities, Healthy Kids is to assess the health of children in an urban environment – specifically Saskatoon – by examining the extent to which the city’ built environment is influencing how active children are, as well as looking at ways in which city planning can help improve the active living potential of its neighbourhoods. There is also a sister study examining what kind of access children and their families have to nutritious food.

The new website includes a blog with an archive of past articles, information about the built environment study and the food environment study. Other resources include fact sheets, introductory videos about the project and reports about the active potential of all 60 residential neighbourhoods in the city.

There is also a calendar of events with information on any upcoming conferences or workshops.

The website is just part of the work that has been happening on the Smart Cities, Healthy Kids project. In the spring, Muhajarine gave presentations on the built environment study in Edmonton and Moose Jaw.

SPHERU's Healthy Children research had a prominent presence at the 2012 CPHA meeting in Edmonton, with presentations in two sessions, a lead role in a workshop and contributions to another workshop, as well as a poster presentation. Muhajarine was on the panel of speakers for a presentation called Built Environment and Child Health: Pausing to Consider the Canadian Evidence and to Chart Next Steps.

Prior to the Edmonton event, Muhajarine presented at the Imagine Our Future National Early Years Conference in Moose Jaw, covering the Smart Cities, Healthy Kids as well as other Healthy Children work (evaluations of the KidsFirst family support program, full-day kindergarten for three Saskatchewan school boards and the Canada Pre-Natal Nutrition Program).



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