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Trish Tucker

SPACE study yields insights into physical activity of young children

With the goal of creating childcare environments that are supportive and encouraging of physical activity behaviours, Trish Tucker, associate professor in Western’s School of Occupational Therapy, and her team have been researching ways to increase the activity behaviours of young children in this setting.

After launching and completing the SPACE study (Supporting Physical Activity in the Childcare Environment), which took place in childcare centres, Tucker and her team got creative to spread the results of their work to the childcare field. A video was created to increase the uptake of the SPACE study findings so that stakeholders could see the value of the SPACE intervention, and the importance of targeting physical activity during the early years.

The video was recently submitted to a competition being supported by CIHR. Learn more about this research and the video competition.