Taking a Risk with Play: New Preschooler Focus released!
Oct 30, 2015
View our latest issue of the Preschooler Focus to
learn how you can support your child's development by giving them the freedom to explore, take risks, and be active.
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Congratulations to Dr. Kim Volterman!
Oct 21, 2015
CHEMP Graduate Student Kim Volterman successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "The regulation of whole body protein metabolism following exercise in children." Kim also completed her MSc with CHEMP and is now moving onto a post-doctoral position at the University of Toronto. Congratulations, Kim!
Congratulations to Dr. Thanh Nguyen!
Sept 15, 2015
CHEMP Graduate Student Thanh Nguyen successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Effects of the systemic environment in health and disease on skeletal muscle development." Thanh also completed her MSc with CHEMP and has been with us for 7 years. Thanh is now enrolled in the Physician Assistant program at McMaster. Congratulations, Thanh!
Successful Pediatric Work Physiology Congress
Sept 13, 2015
Last week CHEMP attended the 29th edition of the Pediatric Work Physiology Congress in Utrecht, the Netherlands. We would like to thank our hosts, Drs. Tim Takeen and Marco van Brussel, for putting on such a great event. The presentations made by CHEMP (and awards won!) are below:
- Dr. Brian Timmons gave a Keynote Presentation called Stable isotopes in pediatric exercise medicine.
- Joyce Obeid won the top student poster award for her presentation Weekday and weekend physical activity in youth with Inflammatory Bowel Disease compared with age- and sex-matched healthy controls.
- Lisa Chu won 2nd place for her oral presentation entitled Exogenous carbohydrate oxidation during exercise in overweight children with and without impaired glucose tolerance.
- Former CHEMP trainee Maple Liu won the 2nd place poster award for Impact of adolescent activity and adiposity development on young adult bone health.
Congratulations to all!
Axioms & Advocacy: A blog about child health and exercise medicine
Sept 5, 2015
CHEMP is excited to announce that we have launched a new blog: Axioms & Advocacy. The blog will cover topics on child health, fitness and physical activity, nutrition, and healthy active living during the growing years. You can follow our blog and share across all social media platforms.
Congratulations to Dr. Joyce Obeid
July 31, 2015
CHEMP Graduate Student Joyce Obeid successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled
"Circulating progenitor and endothelial cells in healthy children and children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis: role of fitness, physical activity, and acute exercise." Joyce has been with CHEMP since her final undergraduate year and will continue to contribute to the lab as a Post Doctoral Fellow on the CHAMPION Study. Congratulations, Joyce!
Joyce Obeid, center, with current and former colleagues in the Child Health & Exercise Medicine Program following her PhD defence.
New Publication on Physical Activity Measurement in Preschoolers
July 21, 2015
A paper with data from the HOPP Study has been accepted for publication in Pediatric Exercise Science. The paper is called "Comparing the Actical and ActiGraph Approach to Measuring Young Children's Physical Activity Levels and Sedentary Time"- Read it here.
Dr. Timmons Interviewed about ParticipACTION Report Card
June 9, 2015
The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth gave Canadian kids a D- for overall activity and recommended they be given more freedom for unstructured outdoor play. The report received a lot of media coverage, with some interviews featuring CHEMP's Research Director, Dr. Brian Timmons. Dr. Timmons was a member of the committee that evaluated the evidence for the report card. His interviews can be found below:
Learn more about the 2015 Report Card
The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth has just been released!
June 9, 2015
The grade for "Overall Physical Activity" for Canadian children remains unchanged at D-. The Report Card also highlights the need to allow children to engage in unstructured, outdoor play. This includes "risky play" like climbing trees and exploring the woods and neighbourhood - the types of activities that most Canadian parents engaged in when they were kids. Read more about The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.
June 4, 2015
Maple Liu's paper from her Master's work with CHEMP has been accepted for publication with Pediatric Exercise Science. The paper is on exercise, inflammation, and oxidative stress and called "The Effect of Acute Exercise on Neutrophil ROS Production and Inflammatory Markers in Healthy Pre-Pubertal and Adult Males" - Read it here.
Congratulations to Linda Gillis
May 28, 2015
CHEMP Graduate Student Linda Gillis successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled "Synergistic effect of milk and exercise in childhood obesity: protein metabolism, cardiovascular health and inflammation." Some information about Linda's work can be found here. Congratulations, Linda!
Successful Golden Horseshoe Pediatric Exercise Group meeting!
April 17, 2015
This past week Brock University hosted the Golden Horseshoe Pediatric Exercise Group meeting. This year's meeting featured many internationally renowned scientists who delivered fantastic talks on a variety of topics in pediatric exercise science. Thanks to the Centre for Lifespan Development Research for hosting such a great event!
New Preschooler Focus released - "Be a Physical Activity Role Model"
April 13, 2015
Check out our latest edition of Preschooler Focus to learn how being a physical activity role model can influence your child's activity. Be sure to have a look at our past issues for other great information on physical activity and development in early childhood.
Upcoming event: Golden Horseshoe Pediatric Exercise Group meeting
April 9, 2015
On April 14, Brock University will host the annual Golden Horseshoe Pediatric Exercise Group meeting. This meeting brings together researchers and practitioners who study health and exercise in children. The topic for this year's meeting is: Exercise and the healthy child: is there anything more we need to know? The line-up of speakers for the event includes many internationally renowned scientists, and can be viewed here.
Nutrition for Young Athletes
March 19, 2015
Children need proper nutrition to compete in sports and maintain growth. Check out our new bulletin: Nutrition for Young Athletes for the latest information on hydration, protein, and carbohydrate requirements for children in sports.
#BrainWeek: Healthy Active Living for Youth with Cerebral Palsy
March 17, 2015
In collaboration with scientists at CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research and the Stay-FIT Program of Research, we are looking at physical activity and health in youth with cerebral palsy. Learn about what we found so far!
Launching the LIFE and Health Study
March 17, 2015
The LIFE and Health Study is looking at motor skills and physical activity in young children with congenital heart defects. This is a multi-centre project between the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group (HALO) at Children’s Hospital of
Eastern Ontario Research Institute (CHEO-RI) and McMaster University.
March is Kidney Month! Should kids with chronic kidney disease exercise?
March 14, 2015
For Kidney Month, we are highlighting our recent study that looked at the effects of exercise on inflammation in kids with chronic kidney disease (CKD). We found that when kids with CKD exercise, markers of inflammation change in a way that may have benefits. Importantly, we found that exercise did not make inflammation worse. We hope to do a bigger study to see if regular exercise can help improve inflammation in children with CKD. Read more!
Preschooler Focus and HOPP study featured on CBC Parents
February 19, 2015
One of our Preschooler Focus newsletters, "How Young is Too Young?" was picked up by CBC Parents. The article is on sport participation in the early years, click here to check it out! And remember to have a look at our other issues of the Preschooler Focus for more great information.
New Preschooler Focus released - "Go Outside and Play!"
February 12, 2015
Just in time for Family Day! Check out our latest edition of Preschooler Focus to learn why outdoor active play is important and tips for winter play with your little one. Be sure to have a look at our past issues for other great information on physical activity and development in early childhood.
Linda Gillis Finalist in McMaster's 3MT Competition
February 12, 2015
Congratulations to CHEMP Doctoral Student Linda Gillis for making it into the finals of the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition at McMaster. Linda's presentation was "Pediatric obesity treatment: Beyond calories in and out." For the 3MT, graduate students showcase their research using easy-to-understand language and highlight its importance to society.