U of S profiles Smart Cities project
December 17, 2013
The Smart Cities, Healthy Kids study is the subject of a new research profile put together by the University of Saskatchewan, SPHERU and the Healthy Children team.
The two-pager, “Designing Cities with children in mind,” offers an overview of the built environment study, which examines the activity potential of all 60 residential neighbourhoods in Saskatoon when it comes to children, as well as the actual physical activity patterns of kids between grades 5 and 8. The research also included a qualitative component to assess how children and parents feel about what encourages or discourages their activity. (You can find the profile online as a Related Document under the Smart Cities project page on this website.)
The profile also mentions some findings. For example, Dr. Nazeem Muhajarine and his research team found that children got more physical activity from free play than from registered activities, girls tended to be less active than boys, kids got less active as they got older and they were more active during the week than on weekends.
“Designing Cities with children in mind” also highlights where the project is going, specifically through looking at Saskatoon’s food environment and evaluating what effect the Good Food Junction is having in terms of access to healthy foods for families in the city’s core neighbourhoods.