Active Streets, Active People - Junior

Active Streets, Active People - Junior

“An Integrated Community Partnership to Enhance Physical Activity and Active Transportation in Children and Youth”

Physical activity is a powerful determinant of health and may well be the most effective ‘medicine’ to counter chronic disease risk, at every age. It is concerning that less than one in ten Canadian children and youth currently meet the physical activity guidelines known to confer health benefits.

There is an urgent need to identify innovative and effective strategies that promote physical activity. Although a body of evidence is emerging that links physical activity with the built environment (i.e. urban design elements), we know very little about how children and youth experience their built environment and how this impacts their decisions to be physically active. For instance, a well-designed neighbourhood provides children and youth with opportunities to play safely, be physically active outside, and to choose active forms of transportation, such as walking, cycling and rolling to move about their neighbourhood and to get to school. Thus, creating activity-friendly neighbourhoods may represent one effective means to promote physical activity and health in children and youth.

Active Streets, Active People - Junior will evaluate how different built environments shape children and youth’s physical activity habits, transportation choices, and ultimately their health. 

This project is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (HSFC) and the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR), and Telus.

Principal Investigator: Heather McKay
Lead Researchers: Joanie Sims-Gould, Meghan Winters
Project Manager: Amanda Frazer 
Postdoctoral Fellow: Christine Voss


Active Streets, Active People (ASAP) is an innovative project undertaken to evaluate the influence of social and built environments on the mobility of Vancouver residents. Mobility contributes significantly to the health of people of all ages and early evidence suggests that built and social environments interact to impact this health outcome. Active Streets, Active People looks at the built and social environments of three different groups: youth (ASAP - Junior), older adults (ASAP - Senior), and older adults born outside of Canada (ASAP - Foreign Born). 

ASAP is funded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadian Insitutes of Health Research, Peter Wall Solutions Institute, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR), and the Telus Vancouver Community Board. The interdisciplinary ASAP team is based at the University of British Columbia, the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, and the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and spans the social to applied sciences.