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Seeking Volunteers!

November 4th, 2013

The Chronic Disease Systems Modeling Laboratory at Simon Fraser University is seeking volunteers (must be 19 or older) to participate in a research study to learn about individuals’ perceptions of factors that influence body weight and how individuals differ in their perceptions.

Participation involves completing an online survey, taking approximately 20 minutes. Questions ask about demographics, personality traits, and factors related to weight management. Participation is completely anonymous: there is no need to provide personal data such as name, address, or phone number.

Background and Rationale

Obesity is a complex problem impacted by many psychological, physiological and sociological drivers. We want to learn about individuals’ perceptions of factors that influence body weight and how individuals differ in their perceptions.

More information available here.

Complexity & Systems Theory in Oxford Bibliographies (Public Health)

November 23rd, 2012

New publication!

Diane T. Finegood, Lee M. Johnston, Philippe Giabbanelli, Penny Deck, Sarah Frood, Lina Burgos-Liz, Marla Steinberg, Allan Best. Complexity & Systems Theory. In Oxford Bibliographies (Public Health). Last modified: 10/25/2012. Available online at: http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199756797/obo-9780199756797-0049.xml DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756797-0049

About the Oxford Bibliographies…

The online Oxford Bibliographies offers comprehensive research guides on a vast array of subjects in the form of detailed annotated bibliographies. It allows researchers to explore curated and credible recommended works from a variety of fields, providing “an authoritative guide to the current scholarship with original commentary and annotations by top scholars”.

Visit the bibliography here (SFU access)

LiVWELL Seminar Series Nov. 27th

November 21st, 2012

The November LiVWELL Seminar Series presents:

Living Well with Chronic Conditions in the Context of Inequities: Self-Management Support Solutions

with Dr. Sue Mills

Dr. Mills is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include chronic disease policies and programs, gender and diversity analysis, disadvantaged populations, health equity, knowledge translation, and communities of practice.

Tuesday, November 27th
11:00am – 11:50am
Room 2050 (Alan & Margaret Eyre Boardroom), SFU Harbour Centre

Is it about the journey or the destination? Goals vs. experience in motivating behaviour change

November 14th, 2012

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.” Don Williams, Jr.

The same sentiments are echoed by Emerson, “life is a journey, not a destination”; yet when it comes to behaviour change, goal setting is often considered the gold standard. For example, weight loss is a common goal used by individuals to motivate participation in exercise or to follow healthy eating patterns. A recent study by Fishbach and Choi (1) investigates how focusing on goals influences our motivation to pursue an activity and compares this to the role of the experience of the activity itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Canadian Obesity Summit: Call for abstracts

November 13th, 2012

The third Canadian Obesity Summit will be held in Vancouver May 1-4, 2013

Abstract submission deadline is November 19th. Notifications of acceptance will be made January 4th.
For more information, please refer to the CON web site.

Welcome to the CDSM Blog & Web Site!

October 16th, 2012

Please stay tuned for information about our research, obesity related news, and blog posts.